Media Centre

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

New Challenge Pathway Requirement for ITA Automotive Glass Technician Ticket Beginning September 1, 2017

The Automotive Retailers Association (ARA) and the Industry Training Authority (ITA) have partnered to deliver the new Automotive Glass Technician challenge pathway. At the request of industry, beginning Sept 01, 2017, all trade qualifiers will need to submit proof of …read more »

Current Trends Impacting the Future Sustainability of the Auto Dismantling Industry: Update 2015-2016

In 2015, B-CAR commissioned a study examining the future sustainability of automotive dismantling and recycling in B.C. The objective was to discover barriers to sustainability and opportunities for growth. The study examined such things as salvage exports, GHG reductions, and …read more »

ARA Proposed Mandatory Vehicle Inspections White Paper

There is ample available literature on the topic of mandatory inspections spanning over 40 years, and when included as a value-added road safety measure, the ARA maintains that the evidence strongly supports the implementation of a mandatory vehicle safety inspection program. To …read more »

ARA Adds Expertise and Focus to PowerSports

Advisory ARA President, Ken McCormack, is pleased to welcome Paul McGeachie as Industry Advisor for the Motorcycle and PowerSport Division. This comes at a time when conversations with both industry and members are highlighting issues such as staff training and …read more »

“Getting It Straight”

“Getting It Straight,” is where ARA advisors deliver best industry practices in our continuing effort to drive industry excellence. Th first in this series of articles has been added to the CRD page in the Members’ area (login required).

ARA Advocacy Efforts Will Lead to Improved Relations with ICBC

The Joint Industry Review is finally released! After years of perseverance, dedication to the industry, and strong advocacy work, the efforts of the ARA staff, board, and membership have paid off. The Honourable Todd Stone, Minister of Transportation & Infrastructure and …read more »

ARA News: 2017 Q1 President’s Message

by Ken McCormack Perhaps the single most important thing on the majority of our members’ minds these days is the results of the Independent Third-Party Review (the review). This review was initiated late in 2015, after Minister Todd Stone attended …read more »

Labour Market Study Released

Shrinking workforce, inability of offer competitive wage, and competition from other industries spells a challenging future for the automotive industry. The ARA has worked in conjunction with the BC Government and independent third-party MNP to produce a study of the …read more »

Tell your MP that you do not support a tax on health and dental benefits.

Government looks at taxation on employer sponsored heath benefits. The federal government is considering taxing your health and dental benefits plans — costing your families hundreds of dollars each year. Join thousands of Canadians and send a letter to your …read more »

ARA Encourages Membership to Sign CFIB Petition

ARA Members, The Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB) recently made other associations like the ARA aware of the funded position of WorkSafeBC. According to the research they conducted, WorkSafeBC has been extremely successful in keeping costs low and maximizing …read more »

ARA News: Rebuilders Under the Same Regulations as Recyclers

Environment Canada says it makes no distinction between the export of rebuildable salvage and dismantling purposes only salvage. by Ken Hendricks The export of unprocessed dismantling purposes only (DPO) salvage is prohibited under Canadian environmental regulation unless the hazardous wastes …read more »

ARA News: ARA’s Certified Collision Repair Program Certifies First Facility

One of the ARA’s longest standing members was also the first one to apply for the CCR Program. by David Ribeiro Appropriately, one of the ARA’s long-time members, Reliable Auto Body CSN in Courtenay — who was awarded their 60-year …read more »

ARA News: Auto Glass Week 2016

Auto glass experts across North America flocked to San Antonio for this year’s convention. by Darren Cox As they say, everything is bigger in Texas, and this year’s Auto Glass Week was no exception. The thing that makes this event …read more »

ARA News: An Overview on the Automotive Sector Labour Market Information Report

The ARA continues to work towards solutions for the industry’s labour problems. by Ken Hendricks The automotive industry plays an important role in the provincial economy; however, demographic trends, competition from within and outside the industry, advancements in vehicle technology, …read more »

ARA News: Q4 2016 President’s Message

by Ken McCormack By all accounts, from those who participated in this year’s Annual General Meeting (AGM) on September 16-17 in Whistler, the event was a success. There was a great turnout from leaders in our industry, who networked with …read more »