Media Centre

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

Liaison Meetings with Industry – Find the Collision and Glass meeting in your area

The task is daunting, the travel and mileage is exhausting, but the interaction that has occurred while meeting with shop owners and communicating with industry (both members and non-members) has been rewarding. What does it take to visit the ARA’s …read more »

Province adds new funds to boost automotive trades

The Government announced its Labour Market Partnership Program (LMPP) agreement with the ARA at Advanced Collision, Victoria on April 14, 2015. The program includes developing a high-school outreach program, a human-resource toolkit, and succession-planning resources; improving human resource management practice materials; …read more »

Letter to Industry Concerning ICBC’s New Estimating System

The following letter was sent out to industry regarding the ARA’s position on, and comprehensive list of concerns with, ICBC’s new estimating system. Click here to read the letter.

Call For Applications, Sector Advisory Group

In November, members of the ARA and the NCDA gathered together with others in our sector, along with the Industry Training Authority (ITA), to hold a consultation around the development and implementation of a Sector Advisory Group (SAG). This SAG …read more »

Announcing…the Winner of the 2014 ARA Member Services Survey Prize Draw!

Thank you to all those members who participated in the 2014 ARA Member Services Survey. Member feedback is critical for non-profit associations like ours. Your responses will influence ARA initiatives and guide the direction of our strategic plans. Congratulations to …read more »

Letter to Industry in Response to ICBC Rate Announcement

The following letter was sent out, outlining the ARA’s response and position on the recent ICBC rate announcement. Click here to read the letter.

Vancouver Sun: “Auto Recycling in B.C. involves many players.”

On December 16, 2014, the Vancouver Sun published an article about auto recycling in B.C. and the programs that are available. Neil James, ARA Board Director (B-CAR), Jim LeBrun, vice-chair of the B-CAR division, and Ken Hendricks, ARA Industry Relations …read more »

Introducing the new ARA Safety Awareness for Automotive Service Employees Handbook

  Members in attendance at last week’s division AGMs were introduced to a new health and safety program the ARA is developing in partnership with WorksafeBC. The program will feature tools and resources designed to help you build your own …read more »

2014 AGM Registration Open

Registration for the ARA 2014 Annual General Meeting & Convention is now open. Important dates: August 7, 2014: Executive Officer nominations must be received August 18, 2014: Deadline for group hotel reservation rate September 19/20: ARA 2014 AGM & Convention …read more »

Canada’s New Anti-Spam Law – Are You Ready?

E-mails about the federal anti-spam law, which comes into effect on July 1, seem almost as numerous lately as the unwanted spam which the rules are designed to counter. It is likely that your repair business has been receiving emails …read more »

B.C. Government listens to the ARA — “NO” to procurement and “YES” to supporting small automotive business

The Automotive Retailers Association (ARA) is very pleased to bring our members news that they have been waiting to hear. As you are all aware, the Insurance Corporation of British Columbia advised the ARA that it was investigating procurement options …read more »

Grass Roots Campaign Underway

January 2014: ARA launches Grass Roots campaign to educate industry and government about the dangers of ICBC procurement policies. In a letter to the ARA, the Insurance Corporation of British Columbia has confirmed it is investigating single or limited source …read more »

Notice of Certification and Settlement – Aftermarket Filters Class Action

The ARA has received updated information on Class action lawsuits commenced in Ontario and Quebec alleging that the Defendants conspired to fix prices in the market for Aftermarket Filters in Canada. See the PDF document for complete details.Filters – English …read more »

Industry Communiqué – Rebuild Work Group

As you know from previous emails, communiques and other ARA communications we have been working hard to find solutions to the problems within the vehicle rebuilding sector of the industry. The problems are beyond the domain of any single ARA …read more »

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 …read more »