The latest from the Ride Fair Coalition

Legislated Poverty

On February 12, 2024, the RideFair Coaliton and the Rideshare Drivers Association of Ontario released a report documenting below-minimum wage pay in Toronto’s ride-hailing sector.  The report contextualizes Uber Canada’s report of drivers’ median “earnings per engaged hour,” $33.35 as of November 2023, and uses City of Toronto and Canada Revenue Agency data to estimate […]

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Open Letter to Toronto Mayoral Candidates from Sustainable Transportation Advocates

Subject:          Open Letter to Toronto Mayoral Candidates re. sustainable transportation Date:               May 18, 2023 City climate goals undermined by actions to encourage car use: RideFair Coalition calling on Toronto’s Mayoral Candidates to revise City policy to encourage sustainable transportation, not greater car dependency  TransformTO, Toronto’s climate action plan, calls for 75% of school and work trips […]

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Tom Slee Report: High Emissions and Low Pay: Uber is Still Taking Regulators for a Ride

New computer simulation tool helps estimate ride-hailing impacts on driver incomes, communities: As reported in the Globe and Mail, author and technologist Tom Slee has released a report and accompanying computer simulation that can help communities with little or no data on ride-hailing activity understand the potential impacts of the industry on cities (congestion, emissions), […]

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Election ’22: Which Mayoral and City Council candidates are ready to make transportation more sustainable?

Since 2016, we’ve seen skyrocketing numbers of Uber and Lyft vehicles on Toronto streets, after the City changed its regulations and turned key decisions about ground transportation over to ride-hailing giants.  We’ve seen emissions and congestion get worse as an over-supply of drivers circulate in search of passengers.  Driving empty more than half the time, […]

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C4TF Report: Uber-low Taxes Lyft Ride-sharing Revenue

Uber and Lyft legally avoid paying around $135 million per year in Canadian taxes, including around $81 million in avoided EI and CPP payroll taxes, and up to $54 million in avoided corporate taxes, based on 2019 figures. To avoid paying EI and CPP payroll taxes, while also avoiding responsibility for standard employment protections, the companies […]

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