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The Rates and Requirements to Drive for Lyft in Toronto

10 Jan by Commercial Driver HQ

The Rates and Requirements to Drive for Lyft in Toronto

Lyft is on the road in Toronto and we have put together a list of everything you need to get started. This is the first Canadian market the US rideshare company has entered to compete with Uber. 

Find out if Lyft is right for you!

Service Types and Rates

Lyft


Base Fare:
$2.50
Per Minute:
$0.18
Per Mile:
$1.30
Cancellation Fee:
$5.00
Minimum Fare:
$3.25

Lyft Plus


Base Fare:
$5.00
Per Minute:
$0.35
Per Mile:
$2.49
Cancellation Fee:
$5.00
Minimum Fare:
$5.00

Premier


Base Fare:
$5.00
Per Minute:
$0.35
Per Mile:
$2.90
Cancellation Fee:
$5.00
Minimum Fare:
$5.00

Lyft Lux


Base Fare:
$8.00
Per Minute:
$0.50
Per Mile:
$4.35
Cancellation Fee:
$10.00
Minimum Fare:
$12.00

Lyft Suv


Base Fare:
$15.00
Per Minute:
$0.60
Per Mile:
$4.51
Cancellation Fee:
$10.00
Minimum Fare:
$22.00

Tips, Fees, and Payment Methods

Tipping Option?

Yes passengers have the option to tip in app or in cash

Average Hourly Wage?

$20-25

Surge Pricing?

Yes

Standby Rate?

None

Long Pick Up Fee?

None

Tolls?

Toll fees will be remitted to the driver entirely

Cleaning Fee?

Up to $250

Frequency of Pay?

Weekly

Commission and Service Fees

%
Commission 20-25%

Lyft: $2.75
Lyft Plus: $3.00
Premier: $3.00
Lyft LUX: $3.00
Lyft SUV: $3.00

Vehicle Requirements

  • Vehicle model year must be 7 years old or newer
  • 4-door vehicle with independently opening doors
  • Most vehicle models accepted
  • Seat at least 4 passengers
  • Ontario license plate
  • Snow or all-weather tires from Dec. 1 to April 30
  • Good condition with no cosmetic damage
  • No salvaged or rebuilt vehicles
  • Pass a vehicle inspection
  • Lyft sticker in the front and read windshields
  • Vehicle model year must be 7 years old or newer
  • 4-door vehicle with independently opening doors
  • Most vehicle models accepted
  • Seat at least 6 passengers (typically a mini-van or SUV)
  • Ontario license plate
  • Snow or all-weather tires from Dec. 1 to April 30
  • Good condition with no cosmetic damage
  • No salvaged or rebuilt vehicles
  • Pass a vehicle inspection
  • Lyft sticker in the front and rear windshield
  • High-end vehicle
  • Vehicle model year must be 7 years old or newer
  • 4-door vehicle with independently opening doors
  • Seat at least 4 passengers
  • Be an approved Lyft Premier Vehicle
  • Ontario license plate
  • Snow or all-weather tires from Dec. 1 to April 30
  • Good condition with no cosmetic damage
  • No salvaged or rebuilt vehicles
  • Pass a vehicle inspection
  • Lyft sticker in the front and read windshields
  • Must have a minimum 4.7 driver rating
  • Luxury vehicle
  • Black Exterior
  • Leather or leather-like seats
  • Vehicle model year must be 7 years old or newer
  • 4-door vehicle with independently opening doors
  • Seat at least 4 passengers
  • Be an approved Lyft Lux vehicle
  • Ontario license plate
  • Snow or all-weather tires from Dec. 1 to April 30
  • Good condition with no cosmetic damage
  • No salvaged or rebuilt vehicles
  • Pass a vehicle inspection
  • Lyft sticker in the front and read windshields
  • Must have a minimum 4.7 driver rating
  • Luxury SUV
  • Black exterior
  • Leather or leather-like seats
  • Vehicle model year must be 7 years old or newer
  • Leather or leather-like seats
  • 4-door vehicle with independently opening doors
  • Be an approved Lyft Lux SUV vehicle
  • Seat at least 6 passengers (must be an SUV)
  • Ontario license plate
  • Snow or all-weather tires from Dec. 1 to April 30
  • Good condition with no cosmetic damage
  • No salvaged or rebuilt vehicles
  • Pass a vehicle inspection
  • Lyft sticker in the front and read windshields
  • Must have a minimum 4.7 driver rating

Driver Requirements

  • 21+ years old
  • Ontario G Driver’s License or equivalent
  • Driver photo
  • Proof of work eligibility: Birth certificate, Citizenship card, Passport, Residency card, SIN card, or Work permit
  • Proof of vehicle registration
  • Vehicle insurance: Insurance must be in your name and name must be legible.
  • Clean driving record
  • Criminal background check

HST & Taxes

The taxes you will have to pay include 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.

HST will also be charged to the customer and passed on to you. That means that you will need keep it to pay the government. You will need to get an HST number from the CRA in order to remit the 13%.

Insurance Requirements

Lyft’s insurance policy covers drivers whenever Driver Mode is “On” in-app. This includes pre-acceptance and post-acceptance.

The insurance policy will cover the following

  • Automobile Liability Coverage
  • Statutory Accident Benefits Coverage
  • Uninsured Automobile Coverage
  • Direct Compensation – Property Damage Coverage
  • Contingent Comprehensive & Collision Coverage

See Lyft’s insurance documentation here.

Commercial driver insurance is not required, however, you should check with your personal insurance provider to make sure you are covered while operating as a rideshare driver.

You are also required to maintain your own personal insurance policy.

Sign Up Process

Head over to the Lyft website to sign up or sign up in-app by clicking on the badges below.

Help support the site and use our referral code: MATT29492. As a new driver or passenger you wil get bonuses! As of February 2018 they are offering $1,000 starting bonuses!

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Contact Information

Lyft support number: 1-855-865-9553
Lyft support email: Email Form
Lyft support twitter: @AskLyft
Lyft Help Center: Help Center

Toronto Lyft Hub

42 Hayden St
Toronto, On
M4Y 1V8

Mon-Fri: 9:30am-4:30pm

Check here for Toronto Lyft Hub operating hours.

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