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Adopt ride-hailing services

Visitors arriving in Halifax can utilize reliable transportation including ride-hailing services common in other modern cities, globally.

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Background

Many major cities began offering ride-hailing options like Uber and Lyft years ago. In 2020, Halifax Regional Municipal Council approved the services for the region after careful review. Drivers must follow public health requirements in addition to completing annual checks for criminal background, child abuse registry and vulnerable persons, and operators must pay annual licensing fees.

Throughout the ITMP process, Discover Halifax heard that ride-hailing was one way to make it easier for people, both residents and visitors, to get here and get around. There was a clear gap in transportation services for Halifax as a destination due to the geographic size of the region, and the expectation many visitors have to find these types of modern services in a city the size of Halifax serviced by an international airport. The services also provide access to areas of the region not previously serviced by other transportation options. The ITMP’s Investment Filter, predicts that the implementation of ride-hailing will have a measurable positive impact for the region, and we look forward to monitoring the uptake of these services post-pandemic.

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