Nova Scotia Tory leader says party will introduce legislation for ridesharing

Ride-sharing company Uber may be advertising to local drivers and meeting with city officials but that doesn’t mean it’s coming to Vancouver any time soon. (CTV)

The Opposition Progressive Conservatives in Nova Scotia say they'll introduce legislation to welcome ridesharing in the province.

Leader Tim Houston says Nova Scotia should enjoy the same market advances as the rest of the world, including ridesharing.

Houston made the announcement Sunday at the party's annual general meeting in Halifax.

He says the party is committed to creating a new category of license consistent with other jurisdictions like Toronto.

Houston says rideshare drivers would be required to pass a clean criminal record check, hold a class-five license for at least three years, and complete a training program.

He says ridesharing has the potential to benefit rural areas where there may be limited transportation options