Clarification Over Former Minister’s Promise of Training Centre

Former Minister Todd Stone delivering speech at the 2015 ARA AGM

In 2015, Todd Stone, then the minister responsible for ICBC, surprised the ARA by announcing in a speech that he would direct ICBC to transfer their training centre over to the ARA. The intention was for the ARA to develop the facility into an “Automotive Centre of Excellence” to attract and train new and existing talent as there is a critical need for skilled technicians. The ARA’s primary goal is to ensure the viability of the automotive service industry to not only address consumer needs but also to contribute to the B.C. economy.

Unfortunately, the costs involved prevented this deal from going through and the facility was never acquired by the ARA.

In a time when the automotive industry is struggling to recruit and retain a skilled workforce, it is important to invest in training so automotive technicians can keep up with emerging technology and safely perform proper repairs. Through various programs—such as the Automotive Retailers Foundation (ARFI.), which provides scholarships and bursaries to young professionals pursuing careers in the automotive industry—the ARA continues to support the next generation of automotive technicians.