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Homejoy Says It Will “Pause” Operations In Canada

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Home cleaning startup Homejoy plans to halt operations in Canada within a couple of weeks, though the company says this is only temporary.

We were recently tipped off about the move, and a spokesperson confirmed it, saying that Homejoy will be focusing on growth in other markets for now. It has been expanding across Europe throughout this year.

At the same time, the spokesperson described this as “just a pause, not a shutdown” — they said the company intends to return to Canada and will be maintaining relationships with cleaners there in the meantime.

Homejoy launched in Canada, specifically Toronto and then Vancouver, in July 2013. (Co-founder and CEO Adora Cheung, pictured above, discussed the company’s international growth during an on-stage interview at our Disrupt London conference.)

Homejoy competitor Handy also offers service in Canada, and Rocket Internet’s Helpling just launched there as well.