Sarah Bruce
Public Relations / Member Engagement
Phone: 604-432-7987

Media Centre

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

Temporary Layoff Variance Applications

Workers and employers who need to extend temporary layoffs beyond the Aug. 30, 2020, expiry date are reminded to apply for a variance using the Employment Standards Branch’s new online application by Aug. 25. Employment Standards Act provision for temporary …read more »

COVID-19 News

As the federal and provinical government make new announcements regarding the COVID-19 health crisis, the ARA is working to get the most important information to you. Please check back frequently for updates. July 31, 2020 The federal government plans to …read more »

Just How Important is Trade Certification?

Compulsory trade certification is not only a way to elevate industry, it is a way to ensure every vehicle on the road is safely repaired to manufacturer requirements. A car is driving 120 Km/h on the Coquihalla highway when a …read more »

Cone Zone Season Has Arrived

Do your workers understand and follow safe work procedures while working on or beside the road? It is your legal responsibility to ensure the health and safety of your workers and your contractors working in a Cone Zone. As an …read more »

ARFI Giving Away $9,000

The deadline for scholarship applications has been extended to July 31. Last year, the Automotive Retailers Foundation Inc. (ARFI) gave away $28,000 in scholarships and bursaries to students pursuing careers in the automotive industry. ARFI was well on its way …read more »

WorkSafeBC Launching COVID Safety App

As businesses across B.C. reopen their doors, they are required to develop and follow a safety plan to help prevent the spread of COVID-19. WorkSafeBC has developed a comprehensive suite of resources to help businesses in this process, including industry-specific …read more »

A Shift in the ARA Membership Base

by David Ribeiro The ARA has undergone continuous evolution since its beginnings nearly 70 years ago, but the foundation has always been the same. It is an association of businesses looking to better industry for all. The ARA has been …read more »

Perform Better by Utilizing Your Data

Repairing vehicles in accordance with manufacturer specifications is increasingly difficult without investing in proper training, tools, and technology. To help collision repair shops find the right balance for increasing their performance, the ARA partnered with AutoHouse Technologies to host an …read more »

COVID-19 Updates

News – The federal government announced today it will be extending the Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB) by 8 weeks As COVID19 creates challenges for how we conduct “normal” business operations, the ARA is working on your behalf to help …read more »

COVID-19: Looking Forward

With the province hopefully preparing to enter into phase three of the BC’s Restart Plan this week, the ARA is shifting gears and looking forward to helping industry get up and running again. After being declared an essential service back …read more »

The Lost Divisions: A Chapter in the History of the Automotive Retailers Association

by Ken Hendricks When we look back at history, we see that although the ARA as a whole has survived, some of its parts—divisions—have come and gone. As the environment changes, these parts have adapted—new divisions form and obsolete ones …read more »

Workplace Health and Safety During COVID-19

On May 28, the ARA partnered with WorkSafeBC to host the webinar “Workplace Health and Safety and COVID-19” for ARA members. The following are some of the highlights: What do I need to have available for WorkSafeBC when they come …read more »

Recorded Version of COVID-19 In the Workplace Webinar Now Available

For these who you missed the very informative live webinar on COVID-19 in the Workplace presented by WorkSafeBC, the recorded version is now available HERE. To watch the webinar, you need to register/log in. The webinar was hosted by the ARA …read more »

Lower Preferred Rates on Payment Processing from Moneris

It has been almost three years since the Automotive Retailers Association (ARA) announced that Moneris had been appointed the new official supplier of debit and credit card processing to ARA members. The ARA made the switch to Moneris because we …read more »

Back to Business: Employee Contracts and the Right to Refuse

On June 3, the ARA partnered with preferred supplier Peninsula to host the complimentary webinar, “Back to Business: Preparing to Reopen in a COVID-19 World.” Topics covered were the importance of having an employment contract in place; hiring, recalling, and …read more »