Uber to launch campaign in Ottawa

Uber encouraging Ottawans to share their stories about ridesharing

OTTAWA, March 30, 2016 /CNW Telbec/ - Uber Canada is announcing today that they will be launching a campaign to encourage Ottawans to share what ridesharing means to them with their city councillors. This campaign comes as Ottawa City Council prepares to vote to regulate ridesharing in mid-April.

"This is an important time for us as a city," said Ian Black, General Manager of Uber Canada. "That's why, from now until the City Council meeting on April 13, we are starting a conversation with all residents of Ottawa to demonstrate what Ottawa can achieve with smart, progressive regulations for ridesharing, and what's at stake if Council gets this wrong."

Uber Canada has outlined this as a positive campaign about the story of Uber and the people of Ottawa.

"If council embraces ridesharing by passing smart regulations, Uber can continue to help make Ottawa an even better place to live," said Mr Black. "That's why we're asking Ottawans to tell their stories and share what ridesharing means to them and our city. With the support of our riders and drivers, we're hopeful that Ottawa City Council will do the right thing this April and vote for a better Ottawa."

Residents can get involved by visiting supportuberYOW.com.

Facts about Uber in Ottawa

Uber has been operating in Ottawa since October 2014, and since then, tens of thousands of local Ottawa residents have come to rely on Uber as a means to earn additional income and get where they need to be safely and reliably.

Uber recently launched UberASSIST in Ottawa, a service which helps riders with a disability, older adults or those who just feel more comfortable with an extra hand get where they need to be.

In addition to boosting local economies, ridesharing in Ottawa and in cities around the world means less cars on the road, fewer DUIs, and more transportation options to complement existing public transit.

About Uber Canada

Co-founded by Canadian entrepreneur Garrett Camp in 2009, Uber is a smartphone app that connects riders with drivers. Uber now operates in over 40 communities in Canada, Uber offers more than 22,000 Canadian driver-partners a new way to earn a living in their spare time by offering a more affordable transportation alternative to hundreds of thousands of riders across the country.  For more, visit: uber.com.

 

SOURCE Uber Canada Inc. (Québec)

For further information: Media Contact, Susie Heath, Communications, Uber Canada, susie@uber.com


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