Need a ride in Shawinigan? Uber has officially announced its plans to expand its ride-sharing service to cover the entirety of Quebec. As part of an ongoing pilot project, the company has so far only been available in Montreal, Quebec City, and Gatineau. Thanks to the provisions under Bill 17, Uber will now be able to operate in cities across the province starting in the fall.\nThis is the first time in Canada that Uber has been granted permission to operate province-wide.\nEditor's Choice: Ardene Is Having A Huge Warehouse Sale In Montreal & Everything Is $5 Or Less (VIDEO)\n"We are excited about the opportunity to provide more Quebecers with access to safe, affordable and reliable rides," said Jonathan Hamel, Head of Public Affairs for Uber in Quebec.\n"Since the beginning of our pilot programs in Quebec, we have been collaborating with the Ministère des Transports and will continue to work with their teams and key industry stakeholders to develop sustainable mobility solutions for everyone, in all regions."\nWith the implementation of Bill 17, the ridesharing industry in Quebec is set up for a huge boom, according to Uber.\n"We are grateful to the Quebec government for its confidence in our operations and the hard work needed to bring ridesharing to the province," concluded Hamel.\nUber says that it's taking a "collaborative approach" with taxi services in Quebec and will develop partnerships with regional governments.\n"With these new regulations, Uber is opening its application to traditional taxis, allowing taxi drivers the opportunity to access the platform for additional earning opportunities," the company said in a press release.\nView this post on Instagram Uber and Lyft pricing in Vancouver -After the provincial Passenger Transportation Board (PTB) announced yesterday that it had officially approved applications for ride-hailing operators Lyft and Uber in the province, both companies went live this morning, along with the unveiling of their pricing structure. For Uber customers, there will be a booking fee of $2 and a base fee of $2.50, equalling a total of $4.50. The per-kilometre rate is 70 cents, and the per-minute rate is 33 cents. For Lyft, the base fare will be set at $2.50, along with a service fee of $2.50, for a total of $5. The cost-per-kilometre will be 65 cents, and the cost-per-minute will be 33 cents. So, how does this pricing structure compare to other major cities in Canada? We’ve taken a look at the breakdown. Calgary In Calgary, Uber charges a $2.30 initial fare, and taking one will run you 90 cents per kilometre, and 17 cents per minute. Minimum fare here is $5.95. Lyft is currently not available in this market. Edmonton In Edmonton, Uber charges a $2.75 initial fare, and taking one will run you 85 cents per kilometre, and 25 cents per minute. Minimum fare here is $5.40, and like Calgary, Lyft is currently not available in this market. Toronto In Toronto, Uber charges a $2.50 initial fare, and taking one will run you 81 cents per kilometre, and 18 cents per minute. Lyft is available in this market, with an initial cost of $2.75 and a service fee of $2.75. Choosing Lyft over Uber here will run you 19 cents per minute, and 75 cents per kilometre. Montreal In Montreal, Uber charges a $3.45 initial fare, and taking one will run you $1.70 per kilometre, and 63 cents per minute. Minimum fare here is $3.45. Lyft is currently not available in this market. .......For more, head over to our website ☝️(link in bio) A post shared by Canada News Media (@canadanewsmedia) on Jan 24, 2020 at 7:00pm PST\nThe company recently expanded its operations to include parts of rural B.C. and Winnipeg.\nUber's entry into the Quebec market hasn't come without controversy, however.\nLast year, a series of protests by taxi drivers paralyzed downtown traffic with drivers honking their horns in solidarity against Bill 17.\nWe wear masks to protect each other. Tell us who you wear a mask for.— Uber (@Uber) July 3, 2020\nTaxi unions have said that the law will destroy their business and that the government isn't listening to their concerns.\nDespite this, Uber is pushing ahead with expansion.\nPleased to share news that @Uber_Canada is expanding across Quebec! Having more convenient, accessible ride options available helps reduce the risk that people will drive impaired. Uber offers a safe, sober & reliable ride home at the push of a button. https://t.co/ea3ukS9uFv— MADD Canada (@maddcanada) August 26, 2020\n"We are very pleased to see Uber seek to expand its services in several regions of Quebec. Putting this reliable and effective option available in one click will encourage many to plan for a safe and sober return rather than taking the risk of driving while impaired," said Marie Claude Morin, Quebec Regional Manager for MADD Canada.