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Aviva Canada develops first insurance policy for ride-sharing services like Uber

Uber's unique business model has sparked protests around the world from traditional taxi services.

TORONTO • Aviva Canada Inc. has become the first auto insurer in Canada to develop a policy specifically for ride-sharing services, filling a gap in the market that has left many Uber drivers without proper coverage.

The Toronto-based company announced Wednesday that it will begin providing auto insurance to drivers who spend up to 20 hours a week working for a ride-sharing company such as Uber Technologies Inc.

The insurance will be available in Ontario in early February and will be expanded to other provinces “in the coming months,” as it receives regulatory approval.

“There’s a clear need for this — there’s a gap in coverage,” Aviva spokesman Glenn Cooper said in an interview.

“This is for those people who want to earn some extra cash, but also want to be protected and want their passengers to be protected.”

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