Automotive Sector Advisory Group

March 16, 2017

Make up

One of ten advisory groups, this group is dedicated to the automotive industry. This group includes automotive professionals who have a history of championing and employing tradespeople, along with representation from small-, medium- and large-sized firms from across the province and key automotive sectors including collision, mechanical, power-sport, glass repair, and maintenance.

The automotive sector is characterized by increasing complexity and an incredibly fast pace of change, including rapid changes in technology, products, training, and the way repairs and servicing are provided. In terms of employment, the sector employs approximately 45,000 people across the province, with 2,800 active apprentices currently registered in automotive sector-related trades (7 percent of all apprentices in the BC system). The automotive sector accounts for 1.9 percent of provincial GDP.


This SAG provides an opportunity for the ITA and the BC government to engage with industry around trades/apprenticeship training in the automotive sector. It also provides an opportunity to collect advice on the most important and relevant automotive sector training strategies to address existing and future labour market demand.

In addition, government (Ministry of Jobs Tourism and Skills Training -JTST) is interested in collecting input from Sector Advisory Groups on:

  • The data used by and contained within government labour market forecasts, which are used to develop training targets for and investment in ITA,
  • High-level policy issues related to the skills training system.

Outcomes to Date

The SAG has been instrumental in the work done to date to:

  • harmonize apprenticeship training throughout Canada
  • review the apprenticeship model in BC offered at BC trade colleges to ensure improvements and consistency
  • promote the benefit and need for compulsory trade certification
  • ensure that government has accurate information on the labour supply and demand challenges in the automotive sector and to ensure the government is allocating appropriate resources to address our critical labour needs

Note: As a result of concerns over the data utilized within the government labour market forecast the ARA, through the Ministry of Labour obtained approval to complete an updated labour market report that more clearly depicts the crisis faced by industry around manpower needs.