Updated 2019 – The Uber driver requirements Toronto guide for 2019 is here! We have everything you need to understand how to start driving including the Uber car requirements in Toronto as well for each service type.

Uber is the longest running rideshare platform operating in Toronto. Up until December 2017 they had no competition and held a monopoly over the rideshare industry.  Uber still remains top dog in the scene as of 2019 but Lyft and a couple other start ups are trying to complete.

Check out the driver and car requirements for Uber Toronto to see if you qualify. You can also find out the rates of pay and try our new Uber calculator.

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Uber Toronto Rates and Service Types

UberPool vehicle example

UberPool

Just like an UberX ride except with multiple rider pick-ups heading in the same direction


Base Fare: 
$2.50
Per Minute: 
$0.18
Per Km: 
$0.81
Cancellation Fee: 
$5.00
Minimum Fare: 
$4.64
Wait Time Per Minute:
N/A

Uber car types

UberX

The classic economic sedan service


Base Fare: 
$2.50
Per Minute: 
$0.18
Per Km: 
$0.81
Cancellation Fee: 
$5.00
Minimum Fare: 
$5.25
Wait Time Per Minute:
$0.35

UberXL

An economic service for larger groups


Base Fare: 
$5.00
Per Minute: 
$0.35
Per Km: 
$1.55
Cancellation Fee: 
$10.00
Minimum Fare: 
$8.00
Wait Time Per Minute:
$0.40

black car luxury

Select

Mid-tier luxury rides


Base Fare: 
$5.00
Per Minute: 
$0.55
Per Km: 
$1.49
Cancellation Fee: 
$5.00
Minimum Fare: 
$8.00
Wait Time Per Minute:
$0.55

luxury vehicle black

Black

For professional drivers with high-end black cars


Base Fare: 
$8.75
Per Minute: 
$0.85
Per Km: 
$2.23
Cancellation Fee: 
$10.00
Minimum Fare: 
$15.75
Wait Time Per Minute:
$0.85

Uber black suv in Toronto

Black SUV

The most lucrative Uber service for professional drivers


Base Fare: 
$15.75
Per Minute: 
$0.89
Per Km: 
$2.29
Cancellation Fee: 
$10.00
Minimum Fare: 
$25.75
Wait Time Per Minute:
$0.89

Uber WAV Toronto vehicle

Wav

Wheelchair Accessible Vehicles


Base Fare: 
$2.50
Per Minute: 
$0.18
Per Km: 
$0.81
Cancellation Fee: 
$5.00
Minimum Fare: 
$5.25
Wait Time Per Minute:
N/A

Uber Assist is for passengers in Toronto who need extra assistance

Assist

For riders who need help getting around.


Base Fare: 
$2.50
Per Minute: 
$0.18
Per Km: 
$0.81
Cancellation Fee: 
$5.00
Minimum Fare: 
$5.25
Wait Time Per Minute:
N/A

Uber Assist is for passengers in Toronto who need extra assistance

Uber Comfort

Comfortable trips for riders


Base Fare: 
$3.75
Per Minute: 
$0.26
Per Km: 
$0.93
Cancellation Fee: 
$5.00
Minimum Fare: 
$11.72
Wait Time Per Minute:
$0.60

Tips, Fees, and Payment Methods

Tipping Option?

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

Average Hourly Wage?

$15-20

Surge Pricing?

Yes!

Standby Rate?

None

Long Pick Up Fee?

None

Tolls?

Toll fees will be remitted to the driver less transponder fee

Cleaning Fee?

Depends on the incident, up to $150.

Frequency of Pay?

Weekly

Want to get paid faster? Find out more information in our article on Daily Pay, Flex Pay and Instant Pay and how it works from Uber with perks like CAA and Esso Price Privileges

Uber Fees – Commission and Booking Fee

25%

Commission

UberPool: $1.75
UberX: $2.75
UberXL: $3.00
Uber Select: $3.00
Uber Black: $0.00
Uber Black SUV: $0.00
Uber Assist: $2.75
Uber Wav: $2.75

*Booking Fee collected by Uber, not paid to driver. Commission is deducted from driver earnings. Uber commission for Uber Assist drivers is 15%.

Uber Car Requirements Toronto

In addition to meeting the below car requirements for Uber Toronto, your vehicle must be on the accepted car list which you can find here. The requirements for the premium services are more strict than UberX and UberXL.

Don’t meet the Uber car requirements in Toronto? Don’t worry, you can probably still drive for their delivery service UberEats! Click here for the requirements and pay information for UberEats Toronto.

Uber Driver Requirements Toronto

  • 21+ years old
  • Ontario G Driver’s License or equivalent
  • 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 (typically no more than 2 minor infractions in the last 3 years.
  • Clean criminal background check

PTC License for Toronto, Mississauga, Brampton and Oakville

A PTC License is essentially just authorization from the City that you meet the by-law requirements. Don’t worry, there aren’t any extra steps you have to do if you meet the requirements we have laid out and follow the sign up process. Uber does all that work for you. Some of these cities don’t actually assign the driver a PTC license, they just regulate Uber with restrictions and conditions drivers need to meet.

There are a couple of things you need to know though when you start driving. The first is to make sure that your Uber decal is always on your back windshield (passenger) side. In addition to having the usual documents you need to carry when you drive like your insurance, registration and driver’s license, you also need to have your Safety Standards Certificate and your D29 license number which can be found in the app.

Once a year or after 40,000 km after your last vehicle inspection, you need to get a new Safety Standard Certificate. Uber will usually notify you in advance of the 1 year mark. You will also need to get a new background check annually too. Also, make sure those winters tires are on from December 1 to April 30.

By-law officers will actually request an Uber and when you arrive for the pick-up you will be subjected to a mandatory inspection, checking all of the things listed above. If you are missing anything you will get an expensive ticket and may have your Uber account suspended.

If you live anywhere else in the GTA you can still drop off people in Toronto, Mississauga, Brampton and Oakville, you just can’t pick anyone up.

Learn the rules when your picking up and dropping off passengers at the airport to avoid big fines!

Uber Driver HST & Taxes

As an Uber driver, you are not an employee but are self-employed contracting with Uber. This means that you are responsible for remitting your own taxes and keep track of your expenses, just like an other business owner.

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%.

We know this can be a bit confusing when you are starting out. That is why we have developed a three-part tax guide to answer all your questions as well as a primer on the difference between Uber and Lyft when it comes to taxes.

Insurance Requirements

Uber drivers in Ontario are automatically insured through Intact Insurance. Links to policy information can be found here.

Commercial driver insurance is not required for most services except Uber Black and Uber Black SUV. However, you should check with your personal insurance provider to make sure you are covered while operating as a rideshare driver. Most of them will add an endorsement to your policy for a small rate increase.

Now that you are now using your vehicle for business you are obligated to disclose that to your insurer. Failure to do so may result in coverage being denied to you even if you are in an accident and not driving Uber or possible cancellation of your policy.

Have a look at our article on Uber and Lyft insurance in Ontario for more information.

Sign Up Process

  1. First, head over to the Uber website and create an account. Sign up bonuses or guaranteed earnings promotions are typically available.
  2. Download the Uber driver app. You will need to upload the following documents: Insurance, Driver’s License, Vehicle Registration and Proof of Work Eligibility.
  3. Get a vehicle inspection and upload the Safety Standards Certificate by taking a picture.
  4. After you have uploaded your documents you will need to wait for Uber to conduct their background checks and approve your account. A visit to a Greenlight Hub may be required.
  5. Once you have been approved, Uber will notify you my e-mail and in the app. Wait for your Uber decal which is mandatory to display in Toronto, Mississauga, Brampton and Oakville.
  6. When you receive your Uber decal, place it on your the passenger side of your rear windshield. After that simply open the app, tap online and wait for your first trip!
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Contact Information

Uber support number: 1-800-593-7069
Uber support twitter: @Uber_support
Uber Help Center: Help Center

Toronto Green Light Hub

120 Lynn Williams St., 2nd floor
Toronto, ON, 
M6K 3R6

Monday-Friday: 10am-6pm
Saturday: 10am-3pm
Sunday: Closed

Double check the Uber Green Light Hub hours here.

Scarborough Green Light Hub

1457 McCowan Road, Suite 217
Scarborough, ON, 
M1S 5K7

Monday-Friday: 9am-5pm
Saturday: 10am-3pm
Sunday: Closed

Check here for Uber Greenlight Hub info.

Mississauga Green Light Hub

1980 Matheson Blvd E, Unit A
Mississauga, ON, 
L4W 5N3

Monday-Friday: 9am-5pm
Saturday: 10am-3pm
Sunday: Closed

Check here for Uber Green Light Hub info.


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