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

Media Centre

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

ARA News Goes Digital

You can now read ARA News, an exclusive publication of the Automotive Retailers Association, in a digital form. It makes it easier than ever to access your quarterly updates on automotive trades industry issues and activities in B.C. and share …read more »

71 Percent of Industry Optimistic

Since the beginning of COVID-19, the ARA has conducted four industry surveys to better understand how automotive sectors are coping. The results from the first three surveys can be found here. The results of the fourth industry survey are as …read more »

COVID-19 Updates

News – WorkSafeBC releases COVID-19 Safety plan for businesses to use to Develop their own safety plan As COVID19 creates challenges for how we conduct “normal” business operations, the ARA is working on your behalf to help you do what …read more »

Distance and Disinfecting

by Paul McGeachie The coronavirus is arguably a longer-term changer of business, a change that demands endurance and a positive outlook. It is a strange time for dealers. Not only because they must stay two metres from their customers but …read more »

COVID-19 Safety Plan

As we enter the second phase of reopening the province, every business must develop a COVID-19 Safety Plan that, in accordance with the order of the Provincial Health Officer, must be posted at a worksite. To facilitate this, the ARA …read more »

WorkSafeBC Guidelines Support Safe Reopening of Businesses

News Release – As British Columbia prepares to enter Phase 2 of its economic restart plan, the Province welcomes the release of the initial set of WorkSafeBC guidelines that will help businesses and organizations develop their plans to reopen safely …read more »

COVID-19: Support for Workplaces Resuming Operation

WorkSafeBC recognizes the importance of getting British Columbians back to work with the appropriate measures in place to reduce the risk of COVID-19 exposure. Employers in B.C. have an obligation under the Workers Compensation Act to ensure the health and …read more »

COVID-19 News

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. May 14, 2020 ICBC …read more »

Refusal of Unsafe Work

Employer and Employee Rights and Responsibilities: B.C. has just unveiled its plan to reopen the economy and to phase people back to work. We know that life will not return to normal anytime soon and out of all this, we …read more »

Passing the TORCH

A long-serving champion of the Canadian towing industry and founder of Tow Canada retires. After nearly 40 years in the industry, Randy Sorley is calling it a career. Following the recent sale of his well-established business, Maple Ridge Towing, in …read more »

B.C. May Shuffle Political Priorities as it Begins to Reopen Economy

B.C. Government News Release: B.C. Premier John Horgan will outline plans to reopen the provincial economy on Wednesday in what his government hopes is the end of the beginning of the pandemic. His minority government has held power, against the …read more »

COVID-19 Industry Survey

By now the full impact of COVID-19 is affecting most of industry. In a time when so many things are still unknown, the one thing we can easily predict is industry will feel the effects for some time. That is …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 »

B.C. Government Extends COVID-19 Temporary Layoff Period

On April 24, the ARA sent a letter to Executive Lead Katie Robb, Joint Information Centre, COVID-19 at B.C. Public Service, advocating for an extension to temporary layoffs to reduce financial strain for members. B.C. Government News Release: On May …read more »

COVID-19 Pre- and Post-Repair Vehicle Sanitization Policy

In response to industry requests regarding pre- and post-vehicle sanitization during COVID-19, the ARA together with the technical working group worked with ICBC to establish additions to the sanitizing policy and fee allowance. The policy is retroactive for claims with …read more »