The Sharing Economy--Ontario Leads the Way

Uber and AirBNB are very popular services, but face serious opposition from the traditional hotel and taxi service industries, and in some cities, attacks have happened on Uber drivers (in Ottawa). We need new solutions on how best to ensure the new 'sharing economy' co-exists with more traditional business models. Services like those mentioned above are not without their own brand of quirks, but essentially they provide a more direct business model, giving everyone involved a more autonomous approach to choosing the type of service that’s right for them. A recent report by the Ontario Chamber of Commerce is urging the province and the Federal Government to get legislation in place to handle the sharing economy and head off conflict between the two different ways of doing business. Ideally, new regulations will not stiffle the innovations now emerging from the 'new' economy.