Municipalities and the Platform Economy: Where Do We Go From Here?

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Tuesday, February 1st, 2022

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The rise of platforms like Uber and Airbnb have created numerous challenges and opportunities for Canadian municipalities. Over the last several years, many municipalities have moved to regulate and tax these services. Some have also partnered with them, including to help bolster transit service.

On February 1, a panel of academics and practitioners will look at the future of the relationship between municipalities and the platform economy. Looking at examples from across the country the panel will examine questions including: What trends around the platform economy are lasting, which are short term? What new regulation is needed? Are new taxation models or user fee frameworks needed?
This is the first in a series of three events examining how municipalities in Canada are confronting issues related to new developments in technology and the use of data. Future events will focus on smart city technology and cybersecurity.


Piali Roy


Betsy Donald
Betsy Donald is Associate Vice-Principal Research at Queen’s University, where she is also Professor of Geography and Planning.

David Wachsmuth
David Wachsmuth is the Canada Research Chair in Urban Governance at McGill University, where he is also an Associate Professor in the School of Urban Planning.

Zachary Spicer
Zachary Spicer is an Associate Professor in the School of Public Policy and Administration at York University in Toronto, Canada.

Jason Reynar
Jason Reynar is a lawyer and the Chief Administrative Officer for the City of Windsor.

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