Your Monthly Minute
November 2018
2019 membership renewals
AIA Canada needs members like you to strengthen the network of people working together to ensure the success of the automotive aftermarket industry. When you renew your membership with us, you are renewing your commitment to the automotive aftermarket. Your membership assists the industry in continuing to have a strong and united VOICE and allows AIA to continue to be the RESOURCE for all in the industry and with the government.

With the successful launch of the AutoConnex website and our first-ever cross-border Women's Conference, 2018 was another great year for the association. We've also been working hard behind the scenes to provide members an enhanced website experience with a new association management system and improved members services through our website. We look forward to sharing these new improvements shortly.

Should you have any questions regarding your membership or to make a renewal payment, please contact or 1-800-808-2920 ext. 227.

Thank you for your continued support!
More growth ahead for the aftermarket!
Did you know?
The driving age population in Canada reached 30.7 million individuals in 2017, a 5.1 percent increase when compared against 2012.

How does this impact the aftermarket? Learn more in the highly sought after 2018 Outlook Study.

FREE  to members! Click here to access
Non-member price: $500

The new cannabis act
On October 17, 2018, the Cannabis Act came into force. With the legalization of cannabis, employers may need to address some of the impacts of marijuana in the workplace, including: workplace safety concerns; alcohol and drug policies and testing practices; problematic drug use or dependence; defining cannabis impairment; potential costs to the organization; implementation of prevention strategies; accommodating medical cannabis use; and, consumption during work-related events.

AIA Canada will be hosting informative online sessions to address the impact of cannabis in the workplace. 

In the meantime, here is some useful information  to help navigate this new territory. 
Ford's PC government making moves on labour and apprenticeship
Bill 148, labour legislation that was introduced by the former Ontario Liberal government, has been largely scrapped by Ford's PC government and will be replaced, should it pass, with a more business-friendly legislation referred to as the "Making Ontario Open for Business Act."

The "Making Ontario Open for Business Act" would scrap the Liberal's two paid sick days and cancel the 10 personal emergency leave days, replacing them with up to three days for personal illness, two for bereavement and three for family responsibilities, all unpaid.

Learn more here.
New federal asbestos ban includes controversial exemptions
When the federal government announced its final regulations for the ban on asbestos that will come into effect on December 30, 2018, they were probably hoping for better headlines than ours. The final regulations include new exemptions to allow the military, nuclear facilities and chlor-alkali plants to continue using the hazardous substance for several years.

The ban, however, will prohibit the import, sale and use of asbestos, as well as the manufacturing, import, sale and use of most products - including automotive brake pads and vehicle transmission components such as clutches - containing asbestos. The ban will apply to products that are already in a company's inventory, and prevent businesses from acquiring new products with asbestos.

Read more here.
Changes ahead for Alberta
Improvements to the Automotive Business Regulation in Alberta came into effect on October 31, 2018. The new regulations will create consistent standards to help consumers make more informed decisions and ensure businesses can compete fairly in a trusted automotive marketplace.

Changes to current regulations have been made as a result of the 2017 consultation on consumer protection laws where Albertans identified the need for better protection when buying a car and more transparency when it comes to auto repairs. 

Interested in learning more about government relations at AIA and our two key files: access to vehicle data and education and workforce development

Reach out to Erin Chreptyk or follow GR at AIA on Twitter at  @AIAOFCANADAGR
Upcoming deadline
The deadline for the Arthur Paulin Automotive Scholarship Award is November 30th. 

Share with all aspiring students you know who are enrolled in an automotive aftermarket industry related program or curriculum at a Canadian college or university!

Spread some good holiday cheer this season by joining
the YES Committee and other automotive aftermarket industry professionals at the 2018 Holiday Networking Reception!

December 5, 2018

$119 per person | $399 for 4 persons 
(taxes extra)

(Pablo's Snack House - 2nd Floor)
485 King St W
Toronto, ON M5V 1K4

Canada Night success
We are happy to report that Canada Night was a sold out event this year with over 1,000 in attendance! The AIA High Fives for Kids Foundation scarves were once again a hit at Canada Night, and we raised close to $2,000 for the Foundation. Thank you to everyone who came out and supported the Foundation. 
A night of appreciation
On October 10th at the Waterside Inn in Port Credit, ON, AIA Canada held a night of appreciation for the past chairs of AIA along with Maple Leaf Sponsors, current chairs of committees and councils, and members who have consistently supported the activities of the association currently and in the past. 

At the event, Ken Coulter of Specialty Sales & Marketing was recognized for his many years as chairman of the Canada Night Committee.  

Thank you to all who attended this inaugural event!
Brent Hesje (Fountain Tire), Ken Coulter (Specialty Sales & Marketing), and JF Champagne (AIA Canada)

Cannabis in the workplace: Atlantic Division lunch & learn
The Atlantic Division and the Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB) is hosting a lunch and learn around cannabis in the workplace. 

The legalization of recreational cannabis has spurred all sorts of questions for workplaces in Canada.  What can you do if you suspect an employee is high?  

Date: November 22, 2018
Time: 11:45AM - 2:00PM
Location:  Royal Oaks Golf Club
401 Royal Oaks Boulevard
Moncton, NB, Canada
E1H 0A2

Congratulations to the following AIA staff on their promotions!

Tom McEvoy
Senior Collision Sector Coordinator - I-CAR
Tanya Scheidl
Senior Collision Sector Coordinator - CCIAP

AutoConnex makes a splash!
Looking for exclusive aftermarket job listings? Seeking inspirational aftermarket career stories? Or data that transforms your business? 

You will find all that and more at the newly-minted AutoConnex website. This website is part of AIA Canada's initiatives to find practical solutions to the labour shortage challenges and was launched in October 2018 by the Honourable Minister Patty Hajdu in Thunder Bay. 

Check out some of the pictures from the event. Visit
Coming in 2019 - The Automotive Service Associate Program (ASAP)
Starting in 2019 the automotive service shops in Canada can become an integral part of AIA Canada and receive:
  • technical expertise on vehicle reprogramming;
  • a national shop finder service;
  • specific shop-level research;
  • input to provincial and national issues facing the industry;
  • access to AutoConnex, a database of industry jobs, compensation information, career profiles, educational resources, etc; and
  • e-communications and other news on suppliers, equipment and training.

In This Issue
Your Industry Knowledge Centre
Access the latest in market research and industry data. 

Latest Research 

Consumer Series: E-tailing: Online Shopping Habits of Canadian Car Owners

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Industry Job Board
Upcoming Events

November 2018

20 - Student Aftermarket Day

December 2018

5 - YES Holiday Networking Reception

14 - Manitoba Division Christmas Luncheon

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January 2019

25 - CCIF 20th Anniversary Gala
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