The sharing economy is gaining steam in Canada. According to StatCan, “an estimated 9.5% of persons (or 2.7 million people) aged 18 and older living in Canada participated in the sharing economy by using peer-to-peer ride services or private accommodation services. Overall, spending on peer-to-peer ride services in Canada and spending on private accommodation services both in Canada and abroad totalled $1.31 billion.”
“The sharing economy—which can be defined as an activity facilitated by digital platforms where people rent their skills (such as, driving or computer skills) and make their resources (such as properties or cars) available for money—has the potential to play an increasingly important role in the Canadian economy.”
Transportation, specifically from city-to-city, is an important component of this economic shift as people increasingly turn to ridesharing to save on gas, cut down emissions and decrease congestion on Ontario’s highways. At MapleRide, we are hoping to pioneer city-to-city ridesharing in Ontario and are launching a ridesharing platform in the coming weeks, stay tuned!