Uber is looking to expand within British Columbia.
In a move toward this goal, the popular ride-sharing platform announced this week that the Passenger Transportation Board confirmed approval of Uber’s license transfer application.
This will “enable the same safe, affordable, and reliable rides in Victoria and Kelowna that are currently available in the Lower Mainland,” Uber wrote, as well as nearly 150 total municipalities across Canada.
“We plan to launch soon and will provide more information in the coming days,” Uber said in a statement. “Thank you for your support.”
The company said it is actively hiring drivers on Vancouver Island and in the Okanagan region.
The Metro Kelowna region is a tech hub housing more than 200,000 people, while the greater Victoria area has its own tech ecosystem and a metro population of nearly 400,000.
Combined, the two separate regions represent a significant percentage of the province’s population, and a sizeable swath of its tech prowess.
After years of contention, Uber went live in Vancouver in 2020. Then in 2022, the transportation-tech giant Uber unveiled Comfort Electric, an all-electric rides offering.
Following a pilot program in California, Uber expanded Comfort Electric to several regions across the US—and one Canadian city at first: Vancouver.
Electric Vehicle rides include Tesla, Polestar, and Ford Mustang Mach-E.
“Uber is committing to become a fully zero-emission platform by 2040, with 100% of rides taking place in zero-emission vehicles, on public transit, or with micromobility,” the company has stated.
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