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

Media Centre

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

2020 B.C. Provincial Election News

On September 21, 2020, B.C. Premier John Horgan announced that British Columbians would be going to the polls a year early to vote. This is an opportunity to choose who we want leading our government in these troubled times. Check …read more »

AGM Itinerary: Webinars and Meetings

AGM Itinerary Click the “Register Here” link below to sign up. Then download the invite to your outlook calendar to join or click the link sent to you by email. We hope to “see” you all there! TUESDAY, OCTOBER 20 …read more »

COVID-19 Sanitizing Products and PPE

The ARA not only advocates on behalf of the automotive industry, but it also works to find solutions to challenges members are facing. As such, the ARA has reached out to a number of preferred suppliers to find out what …read more »

COVID-19 Updates

News – COVID-19 Sanitizing Products and PPE available to ARA Members As COVID19 creates challenges for how we conduct “normal” business operations, the ARA is working on your behalf to help you do what is best for your business in …read more »

Discounted PPE to All ARA Members

Akran Marketing, the ARA’s preferred supplier, offers now 10 percent off personal protective equipment items to all ARA members. Phone: 1-888-GO AKRAN Cell: 613-724-7000 Web: Email:

Mandatory Vehicle Inspections Means Safer Roads

In 2016, the BC government introduced a road safety strategy with the goal of having the safest roads in North America by 2020. Unfortunately, not only did BC fall short of this goal but also Canada is still quite behind …read more »

Next Generation is the Key to a Thriving Industry

The COVID-19 pandemic has affected lives in many negative ways but it has also shown just how viable the automotive industry is as a career choice for young professionals. While many other industries slowed down or were forced to shut …read more »

RPM Training Presents Virtual Online SMART Course

Service, Management and Results Training Automotive industry expert Murray Voth, owner of RPM Training, has taken his automotive training course virtual. Experience the latest in modern shop management training that is the result of 32 years of experience distilled into …read more »

WorkSafeBC Hosts Rate Consultation Sessions

WorkSafeBC invites all employers to join this year’s rate consultation sessions to learn more about the preliminary rates for the automotive industry and what you can do to reduce injuries, claim costs, and your insurance rate. Due to COVID-19 concerns, …read more »

COVID-19 News

In these uncertain times, the ARA is working on your behalf to share news from the federal and provincial government most relevant to industry. Check back often for industry and government news updates. September 24, 2020 Eligible employers who had …read more »

Nominate the Best in Your Industry

Entrepreneur of the Year award Do you know someone who stands out in industry? Are you someone who does? Someone who has had to face adversity, overcome challenges, and lead not only their company but also industry into the future? …read more »

The Evolution of the Electric Vehicle

by Ken Hendricks Electric vehicles are not new, but only in the last few years are they being taken seriously as an alternative to gasoline-powered vehicles. We may think of electric vehicles as new technology but surprisingly they have been …read more »

Three Reasons for Compulsory Trade Certification

As industry looks for solutions to the many challenges faced by the automotive industry, it’s time to consider the benefits of Compulsory Trade Certification: Elevates Professionalism Improves Safety Better for business Elevating Professionalism There is a perception held by some …read more »

Why Attend the ARA AGM?

As summer winds down, it’s the time of the year when the ARA is usually preparing for the annual general meeting. Traditionally, this event is hosted somewhere nice like Osoyoos, Whistler, and Kelowna to give members a chance to relax …read more »

ZEV Friendly Industry Survey

About the Study B.C. is taking steps towards creating a cleaner transportation system. The province is investing in improved transit, regulating cleaner fuels, providing incentives for zero-emission vehicles (ZEVs) and has set a 100 percent light-duty ZEV sales target for …read more »