Big share

The world’s “sharing economy” is expected to grow from $15 billion to $335 billion by 2025. How Uber, Airbnb and AskforTask are changing our economy.

40: Estimated percentage of Canadians participating in the sharing economy since 2015. Most of the online sharing transactions involve books, cars, clothes, condos and cottages.

262: Dogs in Canada available through Part Time Pooch, a service for those who don’t want a full-time pet. Annual membership costs $119.88.

1,114: Dollar amount an Edmonton resident was charged by Uber for a ride last New Year’s Eve while “surge pricing” was in effect. The ride-sharing app later refunded half of the bill.

1,900: Litres of ice cream ordered in Toronto from July 2 to 8 through shopping and delivery site Instabuggy.com. The firm employs full-time shoppers and drivers and independent contractors.

9,731: Sharing economy companies listed in the Mesh, an index of firms using technology to offer on-demand goods and services to consumers “without the expense and burden of owning them.”

10,569: Backers in 2015 pledging a minimum of $5 on crowdfunding site Kickstarter to help Montreal electronics company Revol Technologies Inc. bring its earphones to market. The firm raised $2.5 million.

200,000+: “Taskers” in neighbourhoods across Canada available to clean, paint, do repairs or undertake other household chores, according to AskforTask.com. The Toronto site launched in 2013.

375,000: Visitors to Ontario using Airbnb last year. In February, the Ontario government and Airbnb agreed the site would send Ontario hosts a reminder to declare the income they earn on their tax returns.

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Steve Brearton


Steve Brearton is a freelance writer in Toronto.

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