COVID Courtesy: Magna, GM and Honda give employees paid time off for vaccine

Toronto, Ontario — Magna International, General Motors Canada and Honda Canada are providing paid- time off for employees in Ontario to get the COVID-19 vaccine. While the vaccination policies differ slightly across the companies, none of them are requiring their employees to get vaccinated, however, they are merely encouraging it through education and paid time off. […]

CEWS to the Rescue: CADA estimates that CEWS helped protect close to 48,000 automotive employees across Canada during the pandemic

Toronto Ontario — Findings from the Canadian Automobile Dealers Association’s (CADA) one-year survey regarding the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on automobile dealers shows that the Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy (CEWS) has been a critical lifeline for dealerships and employees across Canada.  The survey, conducted from April 1 to 15, 2021 collected responses from 535 […]

Springtime Supply: Auto maintenance shops see surge in traffic and repairs

London, Ontario — Spring tends to be a busy time for the auto shops—even amid a global pandemic—as drivers switch from Winter to Summer tires.  However, according to a CBC article some London, Ont., auto shops are beginning to notice an increase in battery issues and brake work, on top of the tire change demand.  […]

Production Pauses: DesRosiers shares motor vehicle assembly stats for 2020

Toronto, Ontario – According to DesRoisers Automotive Consultants Inc. (DAC), the year 2020 has not been kind to motor vehicle assembly in Canada. With plant shutdowns, models cut from automaker rosters, and production pausing during the pandemic, shipments for the motor vehicle assembly industry dropped 28.2 percent for the year. For the first time since […]

Picking up the Pace: CAA pay-as-you-go insurance customers tripled in pandemic

Thornhill, Ontario – As the pandemic has seen fewer cars on the road and, in turn, fewer collision claims for insurers to settle, pay-as-you-go pricing models have taken a new position in the forefront of auto insurance as CAA reports that it’s MyPace policy has skyrocketed in popularity. CAA announced on Thursday that according to […]

COVID-19: Hail repair hurdles

Calgary, Alberta — The pandemic has created some barriers to repairing vehicles and property damage, including a shortage of autobody parts and labour, due to the Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB) recipients who are reluctant to return to work, panellists said Wednesday during Canada’s Catastrophe Conference (CATIQ Connect) February webinar.  COVID-19 has made it more […]

Cheque please, no tip: ICBC says $190 rebate cheques coming in March

Victoria, British Columbia – Meeting its promise to return a portion of the $600 million in savings accrued during the pandemic, the Insurance Corporation of British Columbia (ICBC) has announced that drivers in the province will have rebate cheques in their pockets come March. All customers who had a policy with ICBC from April to […]

Windsor Woes: Stellantis Windsor labour dispute continues

Windsor, Ontario — Workers involved in a labour dispute which threatened to close the Stellantis assembly plant in Windsor, Ontario (formerly FCA) have returned to work as negotiators continue trying to resolve a contractor issue, a recent media report said. “Former AWC Unifor workers back on the job as Stellantis and Unifor continue discussions. Regular […]