Media Centre

Here is a list of recent news articles about the ARA.

ARA Adds Expertise and Focus to PowerSports

Advisory ARA President, Ken McCormack, is pleased to welcome Paul McGeachie as Industry Advisor for the Motorcycle and PowerSport Division. This comes at a time when conversations with both industry and members are highlighting issues such as staff training and …read more »

“Getting It Straight”

“Getting It Straight,” is where ARA advisors deliver best industry practices in our continuing effort to drive industry excellence. Th first in this series of articles has been added to the CRD page in the Members’ area (login required). http://www.ara.bc.ca/divisions/collision-repair/

ARA Advocacy Efforts Will Lead to Improved Relations with ICBC

The Joint Industry Review is finally released! After years of perseverance, dedication to the industry, and strong advocacy work, the efforts of the ARA staff, board, and membership have paid off. The Honourable Todd Stone, Minister of Transportation & Infrastructure and …read more »

ARA News: 2017 Q1 President’s Message

by Ken McCormack Perhaps the single most important thing on the majority of our members’ minds these days is the results of the Independent Third-Party Review (the review). This review was initiated late in 2015, after Minister Todd Stone attended …read more »

Labour Market Study Released

Shrinking workforce, inability of offer competitive wage, and competition from other industries spells a challenging future for the automotive industry. The ARA has worked in conjunction with the BC Government and independent third-party MNP to produce a study of the …read more »

Tell your MP that you do not support a tax on health and dental benefits.

Government looks at taxation on employer sponsored heath benefits. The federal government is considering taxing your health and dental benefits plans — costing your families hundreds of dollars each year. Join thousands of Canadians and send a letter to your …read more »

ARA Encourages Membership to Sign CFIB Petition

ARA Members, The Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB) recently made other associations like the ARA aware of the funded position of WorkSafeBC. According to the research they conducted, WorkSafeBC has been extremely successful in keeping costs low and maximizing …read more »

ARA News: Rebuilders Under the Same Regulations as Recyclers

Environment Canada says it makes no distinction between the export of rebuildable salvage and dismantling purposes only salvage. by Ken Hendricks The export of unprocessed dismantling purposes only (DPO) salvage is prohibited under Canadian environmental regulation unless the hazardous wastes …read more »

ARA News: ARA’s Certified Collision Repair Program Certifies First Facility

One of the ARA’s longest standing members was also the first one to apply for the CCR Program. by David Ribeiro Appropriately, one of the ARA’s long-time members, Reliable Auto Body CSN in Courtenay — who was awarded their 60-year …read more »

ARA News: Auto Glass Week 2016

Auto glass experts across North America flocked to San Antonio for this year’s convention. by Darren Cox As they say, everything is bigger in Texas, and this year’s Auto Glass Week was no exception. The thing that makes this event …read more »

ARA News: An Overview on the Automotive Sector Labour Market Information Report

The ARA continues to work towards solutions for the industry’s labour problems. by Ken Hendricks The automotive industry plays an important role in the provincial economy; however, demographic trends, competition from within and outside the industry, advancements in vehicle technology, …read more »

ARA News: Q4 2016 President’s Message

by Ken McCormack By all accounts, from those who participated in this year’s Annual General Meeting (AGM) on September 16-17 in Whistler, the event was a success. There was a great turnout from leaders in our industry, who networked with …read more »

Report: “ARA Marketing into 2017 — Researching the Shift in Marketing”

How do you measure up with others when it comes to marketing your business? Are you still reliant on Yellow Page ads or other traditional media to market your services? How savvy do you think you are when it comes …read more »

ARA News: Join the Conversation!

Today, as consumers click through search engine results, more often than not, they face corporate names, franchise names, and logos representing brand identities. Today’s consumers are more accepting and trusting of brands as preferred service providers. The automotive industry is …read more »

ARA News: A Busy Year Ahead

There are lots of things in store for the Auto Recycling, Towing & Recovery, and Licensed Motor Dealer Divisions. by Ken Hendricks As the ARA’s B.C. Auto Recycling (B-CAR) Division, the Towing & Recovery Division, and the Licensed Motor Dealers …read more »