Updated 2019 – Uber launched in December 2017 for the first time in British Columbia but only their delivery service UberEats is currently available in Vancouver. This made it the fourth province they are operating in besides Ontario, Quebec and Alberta.
In this guide we show you the what the requirements are to get started as an UberEats Vancouver driver (or cyclist), pay and insurance information. We even have a handy calculator you can use to check your fares.
Let’s show you what the rates and requirements are for an Uber EATS driver in Vancouver and how to get started!
- Ways to Deliver
- Alcohol Delivery
- Pay Rates for UberEATS Drivers
- Courier Requirements
- Vehicle Requirements
- UberEATS Delivery Zones
- HST and Taxes for UberEATS Drivers
- Insurance Requirements
- 5 Step Sign Up Process
- Contact Information
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Ways to Deliver
You can deliver Uber EATS in Vancouver with a bicycle or car.
UberEats Alcohol Delivery?
UberEats in Vancouver offers their customers delivery of alcohol with their meals. It is important to follow the legal steps for delivering alcohol which can be found here. Basically you need to check for intoxication and that the customer is the legal age. For more info check out the video below:
UberEats Vancouver Pay Rates
You are paid a flat rate for picking up and dropping off orders, as well as a fee per kilometre. The Uber Fee, or Commission, is between 5%-20% and is taken off your fare. New in late 2018 is a time based pay structure that is estimated on your wait time at the restaurant and delivery time to the customer. Unfortunately, the rest of the rates when down to compensate for this added pay feature.
During peak times Uber may offer a pay “boost”. This is where UberEATS uses a multiplier to increase your earnings. If an in-demand delivery area advertises a multiplier, like 1.7, then your fare is multiplied by 1.7 and increased by 70%. The Uber commission is only applied to your fare, not the boost.
You can accept tips in cash or customers have the option to tip you in the app after the delivery is made.
Uber Eats Vancouver Pay Calculations
With all these commissions, boosts, and compensation factors, it can get a bit confusing to calculate your pay. Although Uber does it for you, it is helpful to check your trip earnings for errors. Sometimes they are way off on the distance or the boost pay isn’t quite right. Maybe their commission seems too high?
We have your covered! Try our NEW Uber Eats Pay Calculator. Just enter all rates for your city (found above) and the Driver Pay Calculator will do the work for you!
Once you do a couple trips, you can see how long they take and even calculate what you are making per hour.
How much will I make per hour?
Estimates are between $18-$25/hour, depending on demand, area, boosts, tips day and time. Some drivers have reported earnings up to $55/hour during peak times!
How do I get paid?
Bonuses & Incentives
Uber Eats Vancouver Driver Requirements
- 21+ years old if driving, 18+ years old for cycling
- Proof of work eligibility: Birth certificate, Citizenship card, Passport, Residency card, SIN card, or Work permit
- Criminal background check – zero tolerance for criminal activity
- Phone: Iphone (4s or newer) or Android (4.2 or newer) with data
- Business license from the City of Vancouver for delivery with a car or bike
Uber Eats Vancouver Vehicle Requirements
- British Columbia Class 1-5 Driver’s Licence or equivalent
- Proof of insurance (must be in your name)
- Good driving record. You must download a 5 year driver history report from the ICBC to submit to Uber for a review
- Proof of vehicle registration (must be in your name and registered in British Columbia)
- 2-4 door vehicle, 10 years old or newer
UberEats Delivery Zones in Vancouver
Below you will find the Vancouver UberEats Map that outlines the delivery zone where pick up requests will come from.
Taxes and UberEats Drivers
As an independent contract, you will have to pay taxes directly to the government like CPP (Canadian Pension Plan contributions), Employment Insurance (optional), Federal and Provincial Income tax. You should consult with an accountant who can tell you how much to save from your earnings, especially if you have another job.
You will NOT require a GST/HST or number. UberEATS will collect all required taxes from the customer and remit it directly to the government. If you drive for a living you may want to consult an accountant regarding possible registration. Once you pass a certain amount of income as an independent contractor, you may have to charge and remit GST/HST Number. Tax rules change frequently so get some help!
Need more help understanding how taxes work? Check out our Tax Helpsection for rideshare drivers.
Uber does not cover delivery drivers with any insurance policy. This is only available to rideshare drivers in other provinces. You are required to maintain your own personal insurance policy.
Many insurance policies in British Columbia allow you to use your car 6 days per month for commercial use, which is what you are doing when delivering for UberEATS. If your policy does not allow for it or if you drive more than 6 days, you may need to change your insurance rate class to delivery.
Most insurance companies require you to disclose to them you are using your vehicle for commercial purposes. Before you start driving, you should talk with your insurance company or agent for more information.
5 Step Sign Up Process
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Step 2: Upload the required documents.
Step 3: Uber will notify you when you need to attend their office to finish your background screening.
Step 4: Get an insulated bag (optional). Wait for activation.
Step 5: Log on and off the app whenever you want to start accepting delivery requests!
Frequently Asked Questions
Do I need an insulated delivery bag?
You can buy a bag from their supplier for approximately $11.25 including shipping. It is not mandatory but It is important to note, some restaurants may not allow you to pickup an order without a bag, particularly when delivering pizzas. Either way, the cost is pretty low. Cyclists bags can be found at the same online store for closer to $40.
Do I need to sign for shifts?
No need to sign up for shifts. Just log on and accept “Pings”, which are on-demand requests for deliveries. Accept or decline requests and log off whenever you want! Uber states you must keep a satisfactory acceptance rate or you will be deactivate but there are conflicting reports about this actually happening.
Are there a minimum number of deliveries I need to do to stay active on the platform?
No, but if your documents expire (like your driver’s license) you will need to upload them again before you can start driving.
How do multiple orders work?
Sometimes you will pick up more than one order at the same time from the same restaurant. In this case, everything remains the same except you get a drop-off fee for each location you deliver to. Of course, you will be paid the extra kilometres you drive and the extra time it takes but you will only be paid one pickup fee.
What happens if they customer doesn’t answer the door when I arrive?
Contact the customer by phone first. If they don’t answer, a timer will start and after have 5-8 minutes you can leave and will still get paid the full fare. You can keep the food too!
Uber EATS Vancouver Contact Information
Uber Vancouver Office – Greenlight Hub
698 Seymour Street – Suite 204
Vancouver, British Columbia
Monday, Friday-Sunday: Closed
Check here or all locations and hours.