10/19/2015 08:35 EDT | Updated 10/19/2016 05:12 EDT

Uber Canada Offers New Users Free Rides To Polling Stations

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File photo dated 11/06/14 of the Uber app being used, as the taxi app lashed out against planned proposals affecting cab drivers.
TORONTO — Uber is offering new users free rides to and from polling stations on Election Day in the cities where it operates.

A representative from Uber says the company will cover rides to the polling station and back again, for first-time customers only, up to $15 each way.

Uber says the offer will be available in Edmonton, Calgary, the Greater Toronto Area, Ottawa, London, Hamilton, the Waterloo Region, Quebec City and Montreal.

The ride-hailing app has been embroiled in controversy since it initially launched in Canada last year.

Taxi companies say it is an unfair competitor.