Now that Edmonton has become the first Canadian city to approve the ride-sharing company Uber, Premier Christy Clark says B.C. is also ready to embrace the “share economy.”
And if you don’t know what that is, chances are you do know the companies involved in this new business model: AirBNB, Lyft and of course Uber.
Services are shared and not owned by the people who use them.
Clark says she is looking to see how Edmonton’s bylaws regulate the business.
“I haven’t seen them yet. I know California has a model as well, and there are various different ways of going about it all around the world, so we’re looking at what’s happening around the world with an eye to making sure we protect consumers and safety is there.”
Explaining the government’s change of attitude to Uber, Clark says, “You can’t stop technology.”
The B.C. government has already begun consultation on the controversial ride-sharing service.