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

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 »

ARA News: Raising the ARA and Member Profile

Embarking on an expanded public and media relations campaign will augment the current activity of our association. by Ken McCormack The last edition of ARA News included an article that summarized the strategic planning process that your board undertakes each year …read more »

ARA News: Branding for the Future

The goodwill your brand generates today will make a difference when it comes time to sell. by Adrian Scovell Your brand is your identity. It clarifies who and what you are, as well as your vision, values, and in general, …read more »

ARA News: How Does a Respectful Workplace Improve Your Bottom Line?

by Frame & Associates Have you thought about your workplace culture? Do you know if your employees feel supported at work? Do you know how to prevent or respond to bullying? In today’s workplace, it is important for companies to …read more »

ARA News: Legislation Amendments Enhance Consumer Protection, Existing Powers

by Ian Christman, Registrar of Motor Dealers On May 19, 2016, the Motor Dealer Amendment Act, 2016 received Royal Assent. Introduced by the Minister of Public Safety and Solicitor General Mike Morris in February, the amendments reflect important changes that many …read more »

ARA News: LMD Hosts “Micro-moments: How to Connect with Customers on a Mobile Device”

Consumer behaviour has changed forever. Dollars and cents are won or lost in a micro-moment. On average, people use their mobile devices 150 times per day, often checking things like email, the weather, bus schedules, maps, or social media outlets. …read more »