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How to Become an UberEats Driver in Nova Scotia

Posted by  On February 9, 2022
How to become an UberEats driver

Ordering food with UberEats can be simple, fast, and convenient. For some people, delivering food with UberEats is an important way to help pay the bills. As small business owners, UberEats drivers can manage their schedule and their own hours from the comfort and familiarity of their own vehicle.

If this sounds like an opportunity you would like to pursue, there are some things you need to do before you begin delivering for UberEats in Nova Scotia. 

At Archway Insurance, we want to see our customers thrive wherever their career takes them. That’s why we’ve put together a handy list of considerations for potential rideshare delivery operators In Nova Scotia.

In this article, we will take a closer look at each requirement and explain how it affects you.

Before becoming an UberEats driver:  

1. Think like a business owner

2. Make sure your driver’s license is valid

3. Obtain proof of work eligibility

4. Complete a background screening

5. Secure vehicle registration and proof of vehicle insurance

Above all else, you will want the peace of mind that comes from a dedicated and knowledgeable insurance broker. Our team at Archway Insurance can support you in the event of any accidents or mishaps that occur while driving for UberEats. With our robust and affordable business vehicle insurance, we can help you take on this new career move with confidence. Make sure you read to the end of the article for more information. 

There are five things you should do before you become an UberEats delivery driver in Nova Scotia:

1. Think like a business owner

If you’ve been thinking about making extra money as an UberEats delivery driver, then you’re not alone. All around the world, an estimated 4 million people are ferrying meals for the service, with 90,000 of them operating right here in Canada. Most interesting of all, every single one of those 90,000 drivers are small business owners.

That’s because the parent company Uber’s business model relies on one key innovative feature. According to the company’s terms of service, you do not work for UberEats. You are a sole proprietor; the app just connects you with customers. In other words, you are your own boss

That means you have to think like your own boss, weighing risks against potential profits. For example, is it worthwhile netting $8-$12 per hour (after gas and maintenance costs) if a car accident you experience while driving for UberEats costs you anywhere between $5000 and $100,000? Of course not.

It’s important to have the proper business vehicle insurance, to reduce the risk of incurring the costs associated with any accidents that occur while delivering meals. This critical protection lets you focus on the upside of your business.

This is what it means to think about your business like your own boss—a small business owner. And this is the kind of thinking that will make your new career as an UberEats driver worth the time and effort you will be investing in it. 

2. Make sure your driver’s license is valid

No insurance policy exists for unlicensed drivers. In Nova Scotia, if you want to make money delivering for UberEats, you must have an up-to-date, government-issued Class 5 driver’s license.

It is against the law to drive without a valid driver’s license. Drivers caught operating a vehicle for which they are not licensed can be fined and prohibited from driving until they are licensed. They can even be jailed for up to six months. 

3. Obtain proof of work eligibility

As a business owner, you need to ensure that the enterprise you run is on the right side of the law. You need to confirm that you are eligible to work in Canada. 

Canadian citizens and permanent residents do not need to apply for a work permit. However, those with student or visitor visas do. Working without a permit can result in being issued an exclusion order for up to a year or even deportation

Documents that prove your eligibility to work in Canada include birth certificates, citizenship cards, passports, residency cards, work permits, Social Insurance Number cards or papers, Certificates of Indian Status, Canadian Forces Identification Cards, and Nexus cards. Study permits must indicate your ability to work off-campus.

4. Complete a background screening 

To become a successful business owner, you need to win the trust of your partners. When you’re delivering food for UberEats, that means completing a criminal background screening through third-party vendors including ISB and Triton.  

There are no fees associated with this background check, nor does it include a hit to your credit score. It has two purposes. The first is to assess your driving record. The second is to ensure you have not been involved in any past criminal activity that would prohibit you from operating UberEats services.

5. Secure vehicle registration and proof of insurance 

Small business ownership requires good paperwork. Driving for UberEats is no different. Before you can drop off your first order, you need to show that you are registered to use your vehicle and that you are insured. 

If you are unsure whether your vehicle is properly registered, contact the Registry of Motor Vehicles at Service Nova Scotia. UberEats requires you to provide both sides of the registration document. 

You will also be required to provide proof of insurance. As mentioned above, operating as an UberEats driver without proper coverage can be risky and expensive. 

Get Insured With Archway Insurance

Archway Insurance is proud to offer innovative insurance coverage for UberEats drivers. Other companies offer coverage for UberEats drivers, but these policies only apply when your app is activated. Our plan gives you and your vehicle full protection by working with your personal auto insurance.

This helps protect you from: 

  • Damages resulting from collisions
  • Damages not resulting from collisions
  • Income and earnings shortfalls arising from accidents
  • Third-party liability 

As a small business owner, you need protection that is comprehensive – like  Archway UberEats Insurance Coverage. Don’t deliver meals without it. 

For all your UberEats and other auto insurance needs in Nova Scotia, call Archway Insurance at 1-833-536-0529 or contact us here.


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