Uber decries new tax measures on ride-hailing announced in federal budget

FILE PHOTO - The Uber logo is seen in front of protesting taxi drivers at the Montreal courthouse, on February 2, 2016.
Image Credit: THE CANADIAN PRESS/Ryan Remiorz

TORONTO - Uber is crying foul over new tax measures announced in the federal government budget that would see the company subject to the same sales tax rules applied to taxi drivers.

The Liberal government's budget Wednesday included amending the definition of a taxi business to include ride-hailing services such as Uber and subject them to the same GST and HST rules as taxis.

Ian Black, the company's regional general manager for Canada, called it a "tax on innovation" that would hurt driver and travellers.

Black called for consultations on the proposal and said the company hopes to work with the government on solutions that support innovation.

The amended taxi business definition will be effective as of July 1.

Colin Hugh Martin
How a Shuswap man smuggled loads of cocaine, ecstasy and pot across the border
He used a fictitious company, helicopters, and encrypted Blackberries to move the drugs back and forth between Canada and the U.S., until undercover agents busted the operation in 2009.  Now, after a nearly ten year legal battle, Colin

Top News