ARA Labour Market Project Enters 2nd Phase

Burnaby, BC – August 19, 2013

The Automotive Retailers Association (ARA) is pleased to announce the launching of the second phase of its Labour Market Project as of today. This phase builds on an LMP initiative completed earlier this year by the ARA and a committee of industry stakeholders that produced a comprehensive labour market study, the first of its kind for the B.C. automotive industry.

Based on recommendations included with the earlier report, this second phase of the project will develop strategies for the long-term human resource needs of the automotive sector in British Columbia. The project is funded through the Canada-British Columbia Labour Market Development Agreement (LMDA).

The B.C. automotive industry plays an important role in the provincial economy through the provision and maintenance of the vehicle fleet, which supports the flow of goods and services throughout the province. In B.C., the automotive sector is primarily a service industry based around the sale, maintenance, repair and disposal of motor vehicles. It accounts for 1.9% of provincial GDP and 2.3% of employment. The sector employs approximately 45,000 British Columbians in a combination of technical and professional occupations. The sector is characterized by small businesses employing fewer than 10 people, with businesses distributed across the province.

Availability of a pool of skilled employees is paramount to the sustainability of the automotive industry, which, in turn, is critical if the industry is to meet the needs of the motoring public and the transportation industry now and in the future.

The ARA is dedicating considerable resources toward addressing labour market issues, which is beneficial to all businesses in the industry. Industry advocacy projects like this are among the many reasons businesses support the Association by being members.