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

Media Centre

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

COVID-19 Updates

Breaking News April 1, 2020 – B.C. hydro bill relief, Further details on the wage subsidies, Canada Emergency Business Account will provide interest-free loans of up to $40,000 to small businesses and not-for-profits, and starting April 6, anyone who has …read more »


While we all work through the COVID-19 health crisis, we are working to compile a list of frequently asked questions our advisors are receiving from members. If you have a question in need of answering, please email your division’s advisor …read more »

COVID-19 Government Announcements

As everyday government makes new announcements on both a federal and provincial level regarding the COVID-19 health crisis, the ARA is working to get the most important information to you. Please check back daily for updates. April 1, 2020 The …read more »

Peninsula Advises How to Manage the COVID-19 Crisis in the Workplace

As many businesses have been caught in an unprecedented situation because of COVID-19 outbreak, ARA preferred supplier Peninsula Canada stepped up and is offering a free webinar to ARA members about managing the COVID-19 crisis in the workplace. There are …read more »

B.C. Government Includes Towing and Vehicle Repair as Essential Services

The following language was included in the list of essential services in British Columbia during the COVID-19 pandemic: “Employees who repair, maintain and overhaul vehicles, aircraft and parts, rail equipment, marine vessels, and the equipment and infrastructure that enables operations …read more »

COVID-19 Industry Survey Results

In response to the first wave of shutdowns resulting from the COVID-19 health crisis, the ARA sent out a survey to industry asking if they supported the ARA’s position of declaring the automotive service sector an essential service should the …read more »

Health and Safety Tips for the Towing Industry Amid COVID-19

This content has been moved to the new ARA Occupational Health & Safety website

COVID-19 Action Plan: B.C.’s First Steps to Support People and Businesses

British Columbians affected by the COVID-19 pandemic will benefit from $5 billion in income supports, tax relief and direct funding for people, businesses and services. “The COVID-19 pandemic challenges our health, our economy and our way of life. People and …read more »

Declare Automotive Service Sector Businesses as Essential Services

The automotive services sector plays a critical role in the B.C. economy. The sector employs an estimated 50,000 British Columbians, including jobs in technical trades, management, administration, customer service, and sales. The sector is critical for maintaining the flow of …read more »

COVID-19 Financial Aid Resources

The ARA is working on your behalf to get you the answers and resources you need to get through the COVID-19 pandemic. As such, please refer to the following list regarding federal loans and employment insurance: Federal government’s economic plan: …read more »

A Letter to Members about COVID-19

Dear Members, To help curb the spread of COVID-19, the ARA is postponing future events planned between now and August. Although we are disappointed, everyone’s health is of critical importance. The ARA’s priority is to keep our members, staff, and …read more »

Make Sure Your Mechanic is Certified

A vehicle repaired incorrectly is not just bad for business, it has the potential to cause harm to the driver and those they share the road with. Thus, compulsory trade certification is a way to elevate professionalism and ensure that …read more »

COVID-19 Precautions

Because of growing concerns for the COVID-19 virus, the ARA would like to communicate that at this time, all upcoming events will proceed as planned with necessary precautions taken into consideration. With a number of challenges facing every sector in …read more »

Preparing Industry for a New Reality

By David Ribeiro, senior industry relations advisor A change in reality has begun for the collision and glass industries. The introduction of the ICBC Accreditation Program was the last significant change that affected auto body and glass shop businesses. As …read more »

ARA Hosting Second Annual Automotive Women’s Event

As industry struggles with labour shortages across all sectors, the ARA is working to inspire fresh talent to pursue careers in the automotive industry. Part of this is targeting a demographic that has previously been overlooked, women. In order to …read more »