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Uber Technologies Inc. on Wednesday said it plans to expand its ride-hailing services across the Canadian province of Quebec this fall.

The announcement comes as Quebec braces for a new taxi reform bill, which will abolish the costly taxi permit system and also make way for app-based ride-hailing services such as Uber.

The company did not give a specific date for the expansion of its service throughout the province.

Quebec, which makes up 24 per cent of the Canadian population, was the province worst hit by the coronavirus crisis and began to gradually reopen its economy in May.

Uber’s ride-hailing segment also remained battered by the pandemic during the second quarter, with revenue from the United States and Canada, its largest combined market, declining to $1.25-billion.

As part of a pilot program started in 2016, the company’s services are currently available in Montreal, Quebec City and Gatineau.

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