Sarah Bruce
Public Relations / Member Engagement
Email: sarahbruce@ara.bc.ca
Phone: 604-432-7987

Media Centre

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

ARA Industry Survey: Reflecting on the Year 2020

To serve you better in 2021, the ARA is reflecting on the past year and wants to hear from you. What trends took place in 2020? What are your expectations for 2021? Have you seen an increase in the number …read more »

Your Car, Your Data, Your Choice

ARA advocates for consumers to have the right to choose who repairs their car. By 2022, between 70 and 95 percent of new vehicles sold will record the vehicle’s data—such as driving behaviour—and send that information back to the original …read more »

Holiday Office Hours

During the holiday season, the ARA office will be closed on the following days: Thursday, December 24 – CLOSED AFTER 12:00 PM Friday, December 25 – CLOSED Monday, December 28 – CLOSED Friday, January 1 – CLOSED Through December 29 …read more »

How to Challenge Automotive Glass Technician Certification in B.C.

In B.C., an individual can become certified as an automotive glass technician by completing the Automotive Glass Technician apprenticeship program (“Apprenticeship pathway”) or by challenging the certification (“Challenge pathway”). The following instructions are for automotive glass technicians who have significant …read more »

Advantagewon Offers Solution to Customers’ Financial Woes

Have you ever lost a job because the client could not afford the repair? Sometimes a vehicle needs $1,500 worth of repairs but the customer only has $500. To accommodate limited budgets, repair shops will often do the bare minimum and …read more »

ICBC Decreasing Insurance Rates by 20 Percent

ICBC announced today that they are filing for the largest decrease in basic insurance in more than 40 years. This move is to reaffirm the commitment the government made to more affordable auto insurance for British Columbians. With the introduction …read more »

EV Safety an Evolving Issue for Industry

by Ken Hendricks “Occupational Health and Safety Responsibilities and Industry-Supported Safe Work Practices for the Handling, Dismantling, Storage and Transportation of Electric Vehicles and High Voltage Batteries” The ARA, through the support and cooperation of WorkSafeBC and industry partners, has …read more »

Highlights from NDP Throne Speech

The BC legislature is back in session with the reading of the Throne Speech by the Lt. Gov., Janet Austin. As expected, today’s speech from the throne focused on the government’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The speech outlined two …read more »

The Automotive Industry Has a Job for You!

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 industries slowed down or were forced to shut their …read more »

ARA Virtual Show and Shine Awards

The second annual ARA Show and Shine was a big success, with an increase in both registrations and vehicle variety compared to last year. Held virtually in conjunction with the ARA’s annual general meeting, this year’s online event displayed about …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. November 23, 2020 Rent relief for businesses …read more »

IT Issues? IT Solutions.

As technology advances in cars, it is also advancing in the office, which can make it hard to keep up. Especially with this year bringing such a technological shift in the way we do business online. “It has changed the …read more »

Hiring and Retaining Foreign Workers

What to Do if You Plan to Hire or Retain a Foreign Worker During the COVID-19 Pandemic COVID-19 has created some challenges for Canadian employers who want to hire or retain a foreign worker. The good news is that while …read more »

Enhanced COVID-19 inspections and consultations

Beginning this week, WorkSafeBC will be conducting enhanced COVID-19 Safety Plan inspections and consultations at workplaces, prioritizing workplaces identified as the highest risk for COVID-19 transmission. WorkSafeBC urges employers to stay vigilant, including revisiting their existing COVID-19 Safety Plan and …read more »

Study Shows Winter Tires Reduce Collision Rates

Courtesy of Manitoba Public Insurance Based on analysis of winter month claims (November to March), winter tire use is estimated to reduce collision claim frequency by 6.3 percent. The analysis conducted by Manitoba Public Insurance was based on collision claims …read more »