Uber and Lyft are operating in Vancouver, BC after receiving operating licences. Peter Lukomskyj, Lyft GM for the province said at a news conference the company has been ready and waiting to get on the road. "We are very excited to bring Lyft's ride sharing service to British Columbia." 

Approval of ride-hailing in B.C. followed years of work that Transportation Minister Claire Trevena said included amending transportation service laws to accommodate both ride-hailing and existing taxi services, as well as ensuring safety for passengers and drivers.

The B.C. Taxi Association has opposed ride-hailing, arguing taxis cannot compete on a level playing field.
Its president Mohan Kang said in a statement that association lawyers will review the licence approvals for Uber and Lyft and will be considering its options.
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