Media Centre

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

Jobs still plentiful in the auto sector

The Automobile Retailers Association (ARA) and its automotive industry partners were recently commissioned by the B.C. government to conduct a first-of-its-kind labour market study identifying future needs of the sector. According to the ARA, “a steady stream of skilled employees …read more »

Labour Market Study Report for B.C. Automotive Industry Released

April 16, 2013, BURNABY, B.C. – The Automotive Retailers Association (ARA) is pleased to release the final report from the labour market study that was recently completed for B.C.’s automotive sector. The report was prepared by MNP LLP and was …read more »

B.C. auto industry focuses on safety and sustainability

April 15, 2013, VICTORIA – Government has invested $100,000 in a Labour Market Partnerships Program agreement with the Automobile Retailers Association (ARA) and its automotive industry partners to undertake labour market research to identify the future labour needs of the …read more »

PST Outreach Seminar Presentation

The ARA hosted a seminar by the ministry of finance’s PST Outreach Program on March 20th 2013. Over 120 members attended. For the benefit of those who were unable to attend, or for those who did attend and wish to …read more »

Air Conditioning System Inspection Decals Available to Non-Members

The “Service record for non-ODS systems” decals are available for purchase from the Automotive Retailers Association regardless of membership. ARA members qualify for a discount on the purchase price – log in to the Members’ Area for details.     …read more »

ARA Launches Labour Market Study

December 21, 2012 With funding provided through the Canada-British Columbia Labour Market Development Agreement, the Automotive Retailers Association is leading a labour market study for the B.C. automotive sector. The purpose of the study is to acquire data identifying the …read more »

Auto Rental Tips for Consumers

Reputable rental agencies will want to ensure that your rental experience is positive and that they can earn your repeat business by providing you the best service possible. However, your due diligence will go a long way to ensuring that …read more »

Vehicle Security Professional (VSP) System Launches in Canada

VSP allows automotive and locksmith professionals to qualify for access to vehicle security information necessary to complete certain repairs October 24, 2012, Ottawa, ON – The Canadian automotive aftermarket industry associations that partnered with the vehicle manufacturers’ associations to create …read more »

OIPC directs ICBC to release documents to ARA

On October 22, 2012 Michael McEvoy, Assistant Commissioner, Office of the Information & Privacy Commissioner (OIPC) issued Order F12-14 in response to the ARA’s application to see correspondence and associated records between ICBC and the federal Competition Bureau. The order …read more »

New Logo Announced at ARA AGM

Automotive Retailers Association Members were given first look at the new ARA logo during the 2012 Annual General Meeting & Convention in Kelowna on September 16th. In his expanded role as Director of Business Development and Marketing, Adrian Scovell presented …read more »

ICBC Audit a Necessary First Step

August 21, 2012, Burnaby, B.C. – In response to the recently released audit of the Crown corporation, the Automotive Retailers Association (ARA) says that the provincial government has taken a necessary first step in recognizing the serious corporate, structural and …read more »