City of Toronto files application for injunction against Uber Canada Inc.

 Link to affidavit

2014-11-17 Affidavit of T Cook SIGNED VERSION.pdf

Link to Notice of Application

2014-11-18 Uber - Issued Notice of Application.PDF

Press Release from the City of Toronto:

November 18, 2014

City of Toronto files application for injunction against Uber Canada Inc.

Today, the City of Toronto filed a notice of application seeking a court injunction against Uber Canada Inc., and related companies Uber B.V. and Raiser Operations B.V., that provide the services UberTaxi, UberBlack, UberSUV, UberX and UberXL. The injunction requests that all Uber operations in Toronto cease.

The taxicab and limousine industries are regulated by the City to ensure protection of residents and visitors, and to ensure the health and safety of passengers and drivers. Uber has been operating in Toronto since 2012 without a proper licence.

The City is concerned that Uber's operations pose a serious risk to the public, including those who are signing on as drivers, for the following reasons:

  • increased risk to passenger safety – no mechanical vehicle inspections, lack of driver training
  • inadequate insurance that fails to meet the requirements of the Municipal Code and may not provide essential coverage to drivers, passengers and others in the event of accidents
  • increased number of vehicles operating as taxicabs resulting in traffic congestion and a possible threat to the taxi industry, including the City's objective of increasing the number of on-demand accessible taxicabs available, mandated by the City of Toronto earlier this year
  • unregulated fares resulting in price surging/gouging, and
  • increased safety risk to the drivers due to lack of training and vehicle security equipment, normally governed by City bylaws.

The City of Toronto is asking that the court be expedient in hearing this application.

Toronto is Canada's largest city, the fourth largest in North America, and home to a diverse population of about 2.8 million people. It is a global centre for business, finance, arts and culture and is consistently ranked one of the world's most livable cities. Toronto is proud to be the Host City for the 2015 Pan American and Parapan American Games. For information on non-emergency City services and programs, Toronto residents, businesses and visitors can visit http://www.toronto.ca, call 311, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, or follow us @TorontoComms.

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Media contact: Tammy Robbinson, Strategic Communications, 416-338-3761, trobbin@toronto.ca


BACKGROUNDER from the City of Toronto: 

November 18, 2014

A history of the City of Toronto and Uber

Uber has been operating in Toronto since 2012, initially by dispatching taxicab (UberTaxi) and limousine (UberBlack) drivers and vehicles that had been licensed by the City through the use of a smartphone "app".

Uber has not been operating in compliance with City of Toronto bylaws. City staff has had ongoing communication and meetings with Uber in an attempt to encourage the company to operate in compliance with the regulations, without success.

In September, 2014, Uber began operating a service -"UberX" that recruits drivers who do not hold City-issued taxicab or limousine drivers' licences, and who are operating unlicensed personal vehicles, to offer commercial private transportation services.

The City of Toronto is currently pursuing various legal means through the court system to address issues relating to Uber:

  1. Existing 36 bylaw charges related to not having the required licences
  2. Application for a court-ordered injunction that would require Uber to cease all operations in Toronto
  1. Existing 36 charges related to not having the required licences
  • There are 36 charges dating back to 2012 against Uber:
    • Accepting requests for taxis through UberTaxi without a brokerage licence
    • Accepting requests for limousines without a limousine service company licence
    • Quoting fares in contravention of the limousine bylaw through UberBlack
  • The City and Uber will be at court on December 3, 2014 to set a trial date.
  1. Application for court injunction requiring Uber to cease all operations in Toronto
  • On November 18, 2014, the City of Toronto filed a Notice of Application to the Ontario Superior Court of Justice, pursuant to Section 380 of the City of Toronto Act.
  • This application is seeking an injunction against Uber requesting that Uber cease all Toronto operations.

Taxicab and limousine industries are regulated by the City to ensure consumer protection of residents and visitors and to ensure the health and safety of passengers and drivers.

The City of Toronto encourages innovation in all regulated industries, but at the same time, must maintain public safety and community standards for all who live, work and visit Toronto.

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Media contact: Tammy Robbinson, Strategic Communications, 416-338-3761, trobbin@toronto.ca