Lyft expands to Toronto, moving beyond United States for the first time

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The ride-hailing war between Uber and Lyft is moving global for the first time, with Lyft soon offering rides in Toronto, its expansion outside the US.

Lyft is growing beyond its home market of the USA, with a launch planned next month in Toronto, the largest city in Canada.

No specific launch date was announced but Lyft said it "will be around to help ring in the holidays", presumably before Christmas. The company only began its driver outreach today.

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The move follows the controversial launch of rival Uber in Toronto a few years ago, which saw protests by taxi drivers.

The move follows aggressive expansion in the U.S., where Lyft has also benefited from stumbles at rival Uber.

The company has been US-focused and in many cases has avoided the controversy that swirled around Uber as its larger rival expanded to dozens of countries overseas. It has also been expanding its partnerships including with General Motors and the former Google Car unit now called Waymo.

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Lyft raised $1 billion in October, in a financing round led by CapitalG, the growth investment fund of Alphabet Inc and had in September hired an initial public offering advisory firm.

In June, the company ousted its co-founder and CEO Travis Kalanick, who has a net worth of $5.1billion according to Forbes, after a female former engineer wrote a blog detailing how she was propositioned by her boss.

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