The Vehicle-for-Hire Bylaw came into effect in July 2016. It was created to:

  • provide more opportunities for vehicle-for-hire drivers
  • establish a set of rules for private transportation companies (PTCs), including rules around safety, insurance and record keeping
  • establish a more flexible set of rules for the taxicab and limousine industry by reducing regulatory burden
  • provide access to accessible ground transportation

The City is undertaking a review of the bylaw as well as responding to a number of outstanding directives from Committees and City Council, including:

  • how to proceed with an accessibility strategy
  • results of a congestion management study and a labour market impact study
  • recommendations for addressing new and/or outstanding issues.

A report on the results of the review is expected at the Licensing and Standards Committee in the second quarter of 2019.

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Staff have developed a four-phase plan beginning in summer 2018. The plan includes:

Phase One: Public Consultations and Launching Studies – Q3 and Q4 2018
Phase Two: Executing Studies and Internal Research – Q4 2018 and Q1 2019
Phase Three: Final Analysis – Q1 2019
Phase Four: Report to Committee – Q2 2019

The City hosted a series of public consultations in September and October 2018. The public consultations are part of the Work Plan for the Review of Chapter 546, Vehicles-for-Hire considered by the Licensing and Standards Committee on June 14, 2018. Feedback heard during the first round of public consultations can be found in the Summary of Vehicle-for-Hire Public Consultations

A second round of consultations is expected in the first quarter of 2019. Information regarding the next round of public consultations as well as a summary of the first round of meetings is available on Vehicle-for-Hire Review Public Consultation page.

Three major studies related to the ground transportation industry are being conducted as part of the review. These include an Accessibility Strategy, a Congestion Management Study and an Economic Impact Analysis.

The findings of these studies will be included in the final report, expected in the second quarter of 2019. A description of each study, along with their current status, is provided in the Update on Research Studies for Vehicle-for-Hire Review.