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Car Share in Hamilton

Car sharing allows for a group of people to have the convenience of driving without the hassles of auto ownership, maintenance and insurance! Car share memberships are ideal for commuters who use an automobile occasionally or for those who want to reduce the number of cars they own. Users may reserve a vehicle for any requested time and duration.

Two-Way Car Share Operators in Hamilton

There are two, two-way operators in Hamilton. Two-way car sharing vehicles are available at several locations in Hamilton. Users are required to pick up and return the vehicle at a reserved, off-street parking spot.


Communauto/Vrtucar operates over 1,000 vehicles and is Canada’s largest carsharing provider in 2016. It serves 5,000 members in 7 cities in Ontario including; Ottawa, Kingston, Waterloo, Hamilton. Guelph and London. Vehicles are available to members 24/7.

How it works:

  1. Register online. Your member number and key fob will be sent in the mail.
  2. Reserve your car using the mobile app, online, or by phone. Book by the hour, days, or even weeks.
  3. Pick up your car at its reserved parking station. Unlock your car by laying the key fob over the sensor on the windshield. When you’re done, just “fob out” to lock the doors.
  4. Make your trip. Make sure to return it to its station where you picked up your car before the end of your reservation.

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Zipcar gives members on demand access to a variety of cars in cities, campuses and airports, by the hour or day.

How it works:

  1. Apply online to get your ZipCard to unlock thousands of cars, trucks and vans across the globe.
  2. Book a Zipcar for a couple hours or the whole day. 
  3. Walk to the car and hold your Zipcard to the windshield to unlock the doors.
  4. When your time is almost up, return the car to the same reserved parking spot.

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Free-Floating Car Share Pilot

On October 1, 2021, the City of Hamilton will commence issuing parking permits to free-floating car share operators as part of an 18-month pilot program. Free-floating car sharing is a model where car share vehicles holding a valid permit can park in certain on-street locations. During the pilot, car share operators can establish operations in Ward 1, 2 and 3. Vehicles will be able to travel to destinations across Hamilton, but the vehicle must end its trips in these wards (i.e. end the trip in the app).

Free-floating car share vehicles with a valid permit are exempt from the 12-hour limit restriction imposed on on-street residential parking spaces. The permit allows vehicles to park for up to 72 hours in non-revenue, time-limited parking spaces. The 72-hour exemption is necessary during the start-up and establishment of the free-floating car share program. However, experience in other jurisdictions shows that vehicles will move more frequently as the program matures.

Free-floating car share operators will be required to move a vehicle within 24 hours of receiving a complaint from the City of Hamilton or the public, regardless of whether the 72-hour period has elapsed. Free-floating car share operators are required to post on their website where the public can submit complaints.

City Council approved the program on June 9, 2021. Staff will report back to Committee before the end of the pilot period. For more information on the pilot, please see the staff report.