REGIONAL NEWS | ATLANTIC

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BESPOKE’S BUILDS  A Nova Scotia company was founded on a passion for bringing the old back on the road in style. Donald Clarke and Jamie MacGillivray were neighbours in New Glasgow, N.S., before deciding to turn their love of Toyota Land Cruisers into luxury car mechanical shop Bespoke Motor Company. This retromod-centred auto repair shop […]

REGIONAL NEWS | QUEBEC

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PANDEMIC PRECAUTION The Automotive Industries Association (AIA) of Canada announced that the 2021 Quebec Grand Forum has been postponed. The event, initially scheduled for December 8, 2021, has been postponed until March 17, 2022, due to the ongoing uncertainty surrounding COVID-19 restrictions. AIA cites concerns abut maintaining social distancing while attending a gathering of this […]

REGIONAL NEWS | ONTARIO

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FORD’S FAILURE Since 2018, the government of Ontario has not enforced its law requiring skilled tradespeople to maintain the mandatory credentials needed to do their job, CBC News reported on July 18, 2021. Prior to Premier Doug Ford’s election, the Ontario College of Trades (OCOT) was in charge of ensuring that people working in any […]

REGIONAL NEWS | MANITOBA

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DONE DEAL Manitoba Public Insurance (MPI) has signed a new deal with the Automotive Trades Association of Manitoba (ATA) and the Manitoba Motor Dealers Association (MMDA). All parties have given the thumbs up to a new Light Vehicle Accreditation Agreement (LVAA) model, which is focused on meaningful consultation between the repair industry and the province’s […]

REGIONAL NEWS | SASKATCHEWAN

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TURNING POINT July 1, 2021, officially marked the deadline for Saskatchewan collision shops to meet SGI’s (Saskatchewan Government Insurance) new accreditation requirements, part of the province’s Safe and Quality Auto Repair Program (SQARP). Citing “industry fuel efficiency targets and advancements in vehicle automation” as driving factors for updating the collision industry’s accreditation requirements, SGI says […]

REGIONAL NEWS | ALBERTA

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ACED IT CSN Black Ace is where the national title winner of 2021 Skills Canada postsecondary car painting competition honed his craft. Dorien Lozeau took first place in the Skills Alberta’s provincial competition and followed it up by winning nationals as well. Like some of the most admired champions across any discipline, Dorien is completely […]

REGIONAL NEWS | BRITISH COLUMBIA

PACIFIC PULSE Compulsory skilled trades certification system in British Columbia will be revived, the provincial government announced in mid-June. The British Columbia government has launched the mandatory skilled trades certification system, which will allow the province to offer more stable and high-paying jobs to skilled trades workers. The decision made back in 2003 to cancel […]