Regional councillors voted Wednesday night to ask the province to lay down a new set of rules governing Uber and similar ride-sharing services for all of Ontario.

“The province needs to step in and provide regulation for the entire province,” said Coun. Sean Strickland, who brought the idea to the council table.

Over the past year-plus, Uber has slowly expanded into more and more Ontario cities.

The app-based service has been the subject of protests and scorn from taxi drivers, who say it creates an unequal playing field for them.

Taxi drivers are typically regulated in Ontario by committees of municipal governments.

Uber and similar services are considered illegal under the existing bylaws of Waterloo Region, which are in the midst of a review.