Uber Canada is excited to introduce its highly popular ridesharing product, uberX, to several communities in Ontario today with rides available starting at 3:00 PM.

Kingston, Windsor and Niagara Region join the ever-growing list of over 350 communities worldwide –  and over 40 in Ontario – where Uber is available. As part of the arrival of uberX the first two rides on uberX will be offered free-of-charge for new riders in these cities until Sunday, November 15th. More information on Uber in Ontario cities can be found here: http://t.uber.com/Ontario

"Uber's launch today brings ridesharing to over half a million more Ontarians, who now have access to a safe, reliable, affordable way to get around. Thousands of people in these communities have already downloaded the Uber app and hundreds have signed up to earn on our platform as driver-partners," said Ian Black, General Manager of Uber Canada. "By launching our service now, we help boost local economies – with the opening of these markets, Uber stands to create more than 500 driver partner jobs in these communities over the next year."

Today's launch will be kicked off by with Member of Provincial Parliament Tim Hudak taking the first ride in Niagara Falls this morning.  Today also marks the launch of Uber operations in two Quebec cities – Laval and Longueuil – bringing the total number of municipalities that Uber serves in Canada to over 40.

By connecting local riders and drivers through the use of a smartphone application, Uber offers a new way for people to access their cities around the world. uberX is Uber's low-cost ridesharing option, offering reliable on-demand transportation choices at the touch of a button. uberX driver partners are provincially licensed drivers who use their own personal vehicles to give their neighbours a ride.

All Canadian rideshare drivers who partner with Uber must pass background checks that include both a National Criminal Record Check of Federal RCMP databases and a drivers' motor vehicle records screen. In the event of an accident during an uberX trip, ridesharing partners are covered by commercial auto insurance in addition to any insurance coverage maintained by the driver-partner.