Uber has received a license to operate on the streets of Winnipeg, Manitoba.
This is awesome news for drivers signing up with the rideshare giant.
So what are the requirements and steps to sign up for Uber?
Let’s take a look!
- Rates and Service Types
- Uber Car Requirements
- Uber Driver Requirements
- Sign Up Process
- Insurance Requirements
- HST and Taxes
- Contact Information
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Uber Winnipeg Rates and Service Types
So far the only service type available for Uber in Winnipeg is UberX. This means that most drivers will be able to drive for Uber as long as they meet the vehicle requirements.
The classic economic sedan service
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Tips, Fees, and Payment Methods
This greatly depends on where and when you drive. Drivers can expect to make around $15-$20 an hour driving with Uber.
Yes! Passengers can tip Uber drivers in the app and the tip will be paid out to drivers along with their fare.
Yes, Uber has what is called surge pricing, this is where the fare increases along with the current demand for rides.
No, there is no standby rate for Uber drivers, just the regular per minute rate applies when in trip.
Uber does not offer drivers additional compensation for a long transit time to their pick up.
Toll fees will be remitted to the drivers less a transponder fee. So if you rent a transponder and pay a monthly fee, you will not be reimbursed for that fee. You will be reimbursed for the actual toll charge.
If a passenger soils your vehicle you can contact Uber and they will charge the customer a cleaning fee. This fee is then remitted to drivers based on what is required to clean the car. The maximum drivers can receive for cleaning is $150
Uber drivers are paid on a weekly basis, or they can sign up for Flex Pay and receive daily payouts.
Uber Fees – Commission and Booking Fee
*Booking Fee collected by Uber, not paid to driver. Commission is deducted from driver earnings. Uber commission for Uber Assist drivers is 15%.
Uber Vehicle Requirements in Winnipeg
There are the requirements for your rideshare vehicle in Winnipeg.
- 4-door vehicle with independently opening doors
- Seat at least 4 passengers in addition to the driver
- Good condition with no cosmetic damage
- No full-sized vans or trucks
- Can’t be taxi cabs, government cars, or commercially marked vehicles
- No salvaged or rebuilt vehicles
- Pass a vehicle inspection by a licensed mechanic.
Don’t meet the Uber car requirements in Winnipeg? Don’t worry, you can probably still drive for their delivery service UberEats! Click here for the requirements and pay information for UberEats Winnipeg.
Winnipeg Uber Driver Requirements
- 21+ years old
- Manitoba class 1 to 5, 5F driver’s licence or equivalent (Class 5L, 5I, 5A, or 6 not accepted)
- 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
Uber Driver Sign Up Process
Signing up to driver with Uber is a piece of cake as long as you meet all of the requirements.
1. Sign Up Online
The very first step is to sign up for an account with Uber. Download the app and create your own driver profile.
2. Meet Vehicle Requirements
Select the vehicle make and model you have and upload photos of your vehicle if required. If your vehicle meets the minimum requirements you can move to the next step.
3. Submit Your Documents
Take photos of your drivers license to upload to the app. Submit your proof of work eligibility (Birth Certificate, Citizenship Card, Residency Card, Work Permit) and drivers abstract. Your driver abstract is available through the Manitoba Public Insurance Service Center. Here is a complete list of documents required in Manitoba
- Driver’s licence
- Vehicle registration and insurance with vehicle-for-hire coverage
- Vehicle inspection
- Driver abstract
- Background check
4. Background Check
You can perform an electronic police information check (ePIC) on the Winnipeg Police Service’s website. This will also include a Vulnerable Sector Check. In total for Winnipeg, you must complete the following background checks:
- MPI Drivers Abstract
- Electronic Police Information Check (ePIC)
- Vulnerable Sector Search
5. Registration and Insurance
To drive with Uber you must have proof of Vehicle for hire insurance coverage. Read more about this below.
6. Vehicle Inspection
You must pass a vehicle inspection to start driving with Uber. The service centre needs to be licensed by the Manitoba Public Insurance and you will recieve a Certificate of Inspection (CoI) once passed. To find a licensed mechanic call this number – (204) 985-0920. Alternatively, you can just go to a Canadian Tire and they are licensed to perform the inspection.
7. Adult and Child Abuse Check
You need to provide Uber with a Adult and Child Abuse Check document within 90 days of your first trip. There is a fee for this check of $20 each and they will take 4-6 weeks to complete.
Drivers in Manitoba need to purchase Vehicle for Hire insurance from the Manitoba Public Insurance. The insurance can be purchased based on the time you want to drive. However, Uber requires you to purchase all 4 of the timebands available.
You must also select an insurance territory of with 1,2,3,4, or territory 2 commute to territory 1.
For more information see our full article on Manitoba Rideshare Insurance.
Uber Driver Taxes in Manitoba
When driving with Uber you are considered a contractor and thus, pay taxes as if you were a contractor. You will need to register for a GST number within 30 days of your first trip as a rideshare driver. You can register online and it is super easy!
Uber will pay you the GST collected from riders and you will be responsible for sending that to the government. You can keep track of these amounts in your Uber Driver weekly earnings report. It is important to set this money aside to pay at tax time.
You can pay the CRA either quarterly or annually either electronically, through the mail, or at your bank.
These are some of the expenses you can keep track of while driving with Uber.
- Vehicle Insurance
- Tolls and Parking
- Cell phone expenses
- Freebies for customers
Here are some more Rideshare tax articles for more information:
- Canadian Rideshare Taxes: Income Tax for Uber and Lyft Drivers
- Lyft and Uber Taxes: Deductions and Expenses for Drivers in Canada
- Canadian Rideshare Taxes: GST, HST, QST for Uber and Lyft Drivers
- Uber vs Lyft: What is the Difference in Driver Income and Taxes
Frequently Asked Questions
Frequently asked questions from drivers in the Winnipeg area.
Do I need to register as a PTP driver with the City of Winnipeg?
No, your registration with Uber (as a PTP Dispatcher) is considered a registration as a PTP driver in the City of Winnipeg
What services can I provide as a PTP driver in Winnipeg?
You may only pick up riders who request a trip through the Uber application. PTP drivers are not permitted to pick up Street Hails, ride request through a non-digital platform, or to accept payment in a non-digital form.
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