Monthly Minute • September 2020
2020 Outlook Study
AIA Canada is updating the Outlook Study based on the new realities of the industry, new and disruptive technologies, emerging markets, and changing consumer preferences.

Members get access AT NO COST.

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Leveling the Playing Field for Canadian ASPs
Donny Seyfer, NASTF Executive Officer, joined AIA Canada’s JF Champagne and Shamsia Quraishi for an informative webinar. They spoke about the challenges facing the aftermarket industry surrounding access to repair information and offered insight and strategies on how to level the playing field for everyone in the aftermarket industry.

You can download a copy of the presentations here.

Watch the video here.
Government Relations
AIA Canada’s Testimony to Ontario’s Standing Committee on Finance and Economic Affairs
AIA Canada President, JF Champagne, testified in front of the Government of Ontario’s Standing Committee on Finance and Economic Affairs.

Federal Government Announces New Financial Supports for Workers
The federal government announced new financial supports for workers affected by COVID-19.

COVID-19 Survey
We need your voice for a third round of surveys! AIA Canada is gathering further input from the automotive aftermarket.

Please take five minutes to complete our survey.
Alberta Introduces New Scrap Metal Bill
To combat rural crime, the Alberta government has introduced regulations to control the sale and purchase of scrap metals.

What We've Been Talking About on Twitter
AIA Canada @AIAofCanada 
Looking for detailed information on the automotive rules of origin found in the new U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement? Look no further.
AIA Canada @AIAofCanada 
Toyota is "aiming to transform itself into a software company as much as it is a hardware one."
Learn more about government relations at AIA and our two key files: access to vehicle data and education and workforce development. You can also reach out to Erin Chreptyk
Upcoming Webinar
Automotive Diaries: Coming out Stronger Post COVID-19
AIA Canada President JF Champagne joins automotive leaders to discuss the present and future of the automotive sector in a post-COVID economy.

Click here to find out more and register.
Curbside Chat
AIA Canada Chairman, Susan Hitchon’s podcast series, Curbside Chat, welcomes special guests to discuss the issues facing the Canadian aftermarket industry. Over the summer, she was joined by Steve Leal of Fix Network World, and Brad Cochrane, past chairman of the YPA Committee.

You can watch past episodes and find out about upcoming broadcasts here.
How Do Millennials Look at Vehicle Maintenance and Repair?
AIA Canada’s research report, Understanding Millennials: A Quick Profile of Young Canadian Vehicle Owners, takes a deep dive into the practices and attitudes of this demographic when it comes to vehicle ownership, maintenance and repair, how they use online shopping, and their views about the data their vehicles generate.

Knowledge Center
The Knowledge Center is where we take the complex findings of our research and present it in easy to digest infographics and factsheets.
Member log in required for free downloads.
AIA Canada Releases a Comprehensive Guide of Financial Support and Programs for Apprentices and Employers
In AIA Canada’s latest guide, you will find information on regional and federal financial supports and programs.

This guide is an invaluable tool for anyone looking to enter the aftermarket as a skilled trades person, for those wanting to upgrade their training, and for employers who want to keep their workforce up-to-date and ready to face the challenges of tomorrow.

Member Benefits
AIA Canada offers members access to networks, products, programs and resources to help their businesses thrive.

For any questions about member benefits, please email membership or call at 1-800-808-2920 ext. 224.
With employees working from home, a solid internet connection is vital. All AIA Canada team and family members can now enjoy a 25% discount on any Rogers Share EverythingTM plan!

Find out more here.
Division News
AIA Quebec Division Donates to Montreal Food Bank
As part of the AIA High Fives for Kids Foundation drive to support local food banks across Canada, the Quebec Division presented the Fourchettes de l'espoir with a cheque for $3,000.
Peter McKee Community Food Centre Receives Donation from the AIA Atlantic Division
The AIA Atlantic Division, in conjunction with the AIA High Fives for Kids Foundation, presented funds to the Peter McKee Community Food Centre in New Brunswick. The centre helps over 1,500 families in need in the Moncton area.
CCIF 2020 Virtual Experience
Join us for the first virtual, no geographic boundaries, bilingual CCIF event!
This experience in our cutting-edge virtual platform will allow attendees to network (via text, audio or video), participate in the reception, and listen to tremendous speakers in our workshops and conferences. Content and interactions will be possible in English and French.

New Members
Welcome to our newest member!
AIA Staff
AIA Canada's dedicated staff are the association's strength. They are the people who ensure a positive member  experience and solidify our position as the voice and resource of the automotive aftermarket industry in Canada.
Help us welcome our newest staff members:
Lucas Thibeau
Database Specialist

Ornella Gatore
Collision Sector Coordinator

Pamela Fraser
Collision Sector Coordinator
Sophie Meunier
Collision Sector Coordinator

Valerie Miles
Collision Sector Coordinator
Giving Back
A Message from Raymond Proulx, AIA High Fives for Kids Chairman
The board of directors of AIA Canada’s High Fives For Kids Foundation and I would like to begin by thanking all of the following AIA Canada members who supported the Foundation in 2020:
  • AIA Northern AB Division 
  • APD Automotive Parts Distributors
  • West Coast Classic
  • Colleen Ouellette, In memory of Linda Obrien
  • Guy-Olivier Potvin
  • Ron Grieve
  • Specialty Sales & Marketing
Canadian charities dedicated to supporting children and youth continue to operate, despite the pandemic. We need your help to keep these organizations afloat for kids in need.

By donating to the AIA High Fives for Kids Foundation, you'll give Canadian youth the opportunity to thrive.
Deadline extended until September 22!
AIA Canada High Fives for Kids Scholarship 

Annual scholarship based on academic achievement, skill, extra-curricular involvement, or special abilities. For children of AIA Canada members 

Click here for more details.
Deadline extended until December 15!
Do some good in your neighbourhood. Get more details here.
The 2020 edition of Canada Night has been cancelled due to ongoing uncertainty surrounding COVID-19 restrictions and concerns for the health and safety of participants. Learn more here.
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