Media Centre

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

ARA News: President’s Message — Q3 2016

In the Q3 2016 issue of ARA News, ARA President & CEO Ken McCormack updated membership on what the ARA staff and executive committees have been working on. “There are a lot of very important initiatives underway at the ARA. A …read more »

BCASA Seeks BC Auto Careers Administrator

The BC Automotive Sector Alliance (BCASA) is a cooperative partnership between the Automotive Retailers Association (ARA) and the New Car Dealers Association of BC (NCDA) created to provide a centralized labour recruiting and retention resource network for the automotive sector …read more »

Changes on the Executive Committee of the ARA Board of Directors

On June 22, 2016, we notified the membership that after two consecutive terms, Ed Hendricks would not be seeking re-election as chairman of the ARA. We also notified the membership that the secretary/ treasurer position was becoming vacant. We requested nominations for members interested in assuming these two important …read more »

Become a Certified Collision Repair Provider Today!

The ARA’s Certified Collision Repair (CCR) program is now accepting applications. Visit our website ( for more information and to download an application form. If you have any questions about the CCR program, please do not hesitate to contact David …read more »

Minister of Advanced Education Announces $700,000 for Trades Training

Honourable Andrew Wilkinson, Minister of Advanced Education, has announced there will be $700,000 in funding available for trades training at Vancouver Community College. Automotive service will benefit from the funding as well as heavy duty mechanical, hospitality, and culinary arts. …read more »

Ministers Todd Stone and Terry Lake Present Industry Trades Funding to TRU

Dear Members, We would like to share with you the following announcement from Minister Todd Stone: On Wednesday, Ministers Todd Stone and Terry Lake presented Thompson Rivers University (TRU) with $300,000 for the purchase of new industry-standard trades equipment. The funding will …read more »

An important message about OEM Repair Data and Vehicle Repair Scans

As most have recently heard, Tesla (and it’s drivers) have experienced two sets of accidents leading to deaths. These unfortunate accidents bring to light questions for Tesla around their autonomous autopilot BUT it also brings into view the need for …read more »

ARA News: B.C. Expands Slow Down Move Over Awareness Efforts Outside of Industry

ARA President Ken McCormack discussed the Slow Down Move Over law and towing and recovery operator certification at the 2016 B.C. Chiefs of Police Traffic Safety Conference. The ARA was recently invited to present to members of the British Columbia …read more »

Canada Post Issues 72-Hour Lockout Notice

A possible work disruption could occur as early as Friday. Canada Post has followed the procedural requirements and issued a 72-hour notice to the union. The issuing of the notice does not necessarily mean that Canada Post will not be …read more »

ARFI Bursary and Scholarship Deadline is Today!

Want $1,000? Today is the last day to submit your application to the Automotive Retailers Foundation. This year, the foundation is handing out $7,000 in awards. Don’t miss out! Click this link for more information and to apply for scholarships and …read more »

Huge Spike in Visits to Following Career Fair

At the Surrey Career & Hiring Fair on May 31, job seekers were lined up for more than a block to get in, with a total of 599 of them dropping by to speak with participating employers. The BCASA was there to …read more »

ARA News: The Opportunity in Being an Equal Opportunity Employer

In your search for skilled labour, do not overlook candidates based on gender.   Many occupations in the automotive industry have traditionally been thought of as a “man’s world,” particularly on the shop floor. But that paradigm is gradually shifting, …read more »

2016 ARA Executive Nomination Forms

Dear ARA Voting Members: In accordance with the Bylaws of the Automotive Retailers Association (ARA), Section I. NOMINATIONS AND ELECTIONS OF EXECUTIVE OFFICERS, please be advised that an individual will be elected to the position of CHAIRPERSON, and an individual …read more »

Potential Canada Post Strike/Lockout

The ARA will strive to keep its members informed of any service disruption. Earlier this week, it was announced that Canada Post workers may be in a position to strike as of July 2. There is also talk of a potential …read more »

ARA News: Minimizing the Impact of Skilled Labour Shortages

One of the top issues spanning all ARA divisions is recruiting and retaining skilled employees. Help is available. Numerous factors impact our prospects in the labour market. The automotive industry suffers from an again demographic and, let’s face it, a …read more »