Your Monthly Minute
September 2017
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Contact Communications Coordinator Courtney DeLaura, at to make it happen!
Did you read the 2017 Collision Yearbook? It's a must if you do collision repair!
Divided into two sections, this report provides a comprehensive picture of the collision repair industry in Canada. In the national industry profile, you will find information regarding size and scope of the industry. In the provincial section, there is a more in-depth analysis of the collision industry for each of the ten provinces in Canada.
It is a must-have resource for those working or just looking to learn more about the collision repair industry in Canada. Putting that strategic plan together is a breeze! You can thank us later.
AIA members: Download  your FREE copy via login to your account.
Click here  to download the FREE Executive Summary.
Non-member price: $495
Report available in English only. Executive summary is available in English and French.
You have answers, we have questions!
  • Is your shop winning?
  • Are you attracting the best and the brightest?
  • Did your best employee just leave for greener pastures?
  • Do you search for information about the labour market?
If you answer YES to any of the above questions, we want to hear from you!

AIA Canada is building AutoConnect* - a dynamic and interactive labour market web tool. For more information about the project please visit our AutoConnect page or e-mail us.

*funded by the Government of Canada's Sectoral Initiatives Program. 
New season of government engagement 
We're gearing up for a new season of government engagement as Parliament comes in session near the end of September. 

T o best address issues impacting the aftermarket, we will activate our new communities of practice - focused on innovation, training and trade - and  bring together industry stakeholders to help us identify the direction will take on specific issues. 
Proposed changes to tax planning strategies 
The Government of Canada has proposed changes to tax planning strategies. A public consultation period is being held until October 2, 2017 to collect the views of Canadians on the proposed changes.

The focus of the consultation is on the following three tax practices:
  1. Income sprinkling
  2. Passive income investment
  3. Capital gain
You can learn more about the proposed changes and public consultation here.

If you're are interested in AIA submitting a brief on behalf of the industry, please submit your comments to Erin Chreptyk at  as soon as possible.
Core charges and GST/HST
We have received a number of questions from members in regards to how GST/HST is applied to core charges for automotive parts sold by vendors who are GST/HST registrants.

AIA reached out to the Ministry of National Revenue to request their support. As a result , the Canada Revenue Agency department that deals with the application of GST/HST has offered to respond to the questions submitted by our members. 
Based on interest, we may choose to proceed with a conference call to give members the opportunity to connect directly with government personnel (while remaining anonymous). Also, all  those submitting questions will remain anonymous. 

To take advantage of this opportunity, please send any questions you have about core charges to Erin Chreptyk at
The U.S. took a step forward in the regulation of self-driving vehicles. The typical pattern is that the U.S implements regulations, which Canada then adopts.
Let this finding from the Brookfield Institute sink in: " In Canada, the proportion of work activities with the potential for automation is equivalent to 7.7 million jobs across all industries...."

AIA Canada signed a joint position statement on the NAFTA renegotiation with its automotive aftermarket counterparts from the U.S. (AutoCare) and Mexico (ARIDRA). The letter was submitted to the office of the United States Trade Representative.

Under NAFTA's Chapter 11, Investor-State Dispute Settlement, a corporation can sue the national government of a NAFTA signatory in secret arbitration tribunals if they feel that a regulation or government decision affects their investment.
Check out some of the interesting cases that have been brought against Canada:

Interested in learning more about government relations at AIA? Are there issues happening in your region that impact the aftermarket that we should know about? 

Reach out to Erin Chreptyk at
Congratulations DJ Kennington!
Congrats DJ Kennington for your achievement of being the first Canadian in 29 years to race in the Daytona 500!

"We are very thankful to AIA Canada for working with us to have Prime Minister Justin Trudeau acknowledge DJ Kennington's achievement of being the first Canadian in 29 years to race in the Daytona 500." - Dave Fifield, President of Wakefield Canada and Chairman of the Board of AIA Canada

Read more here.
75th AGM minutes available
To view AIA Canada's 75th Annual General Meeting minutes, click here.
AIA Southern Alberta division offered two scholarships valued at $750 each.
Congratulations to the recipients, Jessica Willes and Brandon Rogan!
AIA High Fives for Kids - thank you for your support!
Every year, our members from across the country give generously their time and money to a variety of worthy causes and charities.

Almost $8,000 was donated through the Monks events this summer and a special thank you goes to those who sponsored and attended.

We are also grateful for the Vast-Auto Distribution team's continuous support who raised $10,000 for the Foundation.

Thank you to our members who support the High Fives for Kids Foundation and its work in the local communities!

Left to Right: Greg Parsons, Jeff Cunningham, Jeff Landriault, Ken Coulter, Steve Azzopardi, Paul Bradley, Daniel Malandruccolo, Tony Del Vasto & Steve Bujold. (Photo: Vast Auto)
2018 National Apprenticeship Conference
Canadian Apprenticeship Forum's  National Apprenticeship Conference will bring Canada's apprenticeship community together to highlight promising practices and innovative solutions in apprenticeship training. The 2018 conference will highlight initiatives, programs and strategies that contribute to Canada's world-class apprenticeship system. This requires an understanding of innovative approaches to training, workplace and mentoring initiatives, and the engagement of under-represented groups and youth. Members of the apprenticeship community will share ideas, learn about research and innovative approaches that contribute to ongoing conversation about apprenticeship as the best way to develop a highly skilled trades workforce.  

Delegate registration will open in January but, in the meantime, stakeholders are invited you to consider  other opportunities to get involved
In This Issue
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Your Industry Knowledge Centre
Access the latest in market research and industry data. 

Latest Research 

The Changing Automotive Landscape: An Introduction

E-tailing: Online Shopping Habits of Canadian Car Owners

Coming soon

Consumer Series: Telematics & the Canadian Consumer

Innovation in the Aftermarket: What's on the radar?

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Industry Job Board

N.B. Free member benefit.
Welcome to the following new members: 

AutoHouse Technologies

Hopkins Canada Inc.
Upcoming Events

September 2017

13 - Knowledge Exchange Series (Alberta)

21 - Grand Forum de l'AIA édition 2017

28 - Women's Knowledge & Networking Event - presented by AWAKE

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2017 Golf Tournaments
September 2017

14 - Southern Alberta Division Golf Tournament

14 - Atlantic Division Golf Tournament

Industry Events
September 2017

28 - CCIF Edmonton 2017
75th Anniversary Gala - Join the Celebration!
Taking place at the Westin Hotel in Ottawa, Ontario on Friday November 24th, join us for the AIA event of the decade.

Enjoy an evening full of great food, dazzling entertainment and warm camaraderie.