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Our Year: Happy New Year from Collision Repair magazine

By Allison Rogers

Traditionally, the annual flip of the calendar marks a fresh start. This could not be more welcomed as we leap into 2021.

Last year marked almost 365 days of challenge⁠—yet Canada’s collision repair community pulled through as an essential service, proving how powerful it can be in the 

This new year⁠—2021⁠—may still be shrouded in a fog of mystery, but if there’s one thing that’s certain, it’s that we’ll all pull through together.  

While marked with challenges from year’s past⁠—especially those dealt in 2020⁠—this year is poised to bring all new transformations to Canada’s automotive landscape. The final months of 2020 saw Ford make a pledge to build electric vehicles at its Oakville plant, while Quebec announced its own plot to ban the sale of gas-powered cars by 2035. 

On the other side of the electric slide, I-CAR recently announced that it will introduce a new ADAS Technician role sometime in early 2021, mere weeks after adasThink unveiled its findings and a startling amount of missed calibrations among Canadian repairers.

If Canada’s proposed plan plays out, we’re mere years away from electric vehicles and their accompanying bevy of challenges claiming a huge stake in collision repair facilities across the country.

The future is electrifying⁠—and we need to prepare to join in. This industry possesses an ample amount of forward thinkers; if that’s you, it is most certainly your time to shine. Prepare your skillset, your businesses’ skillset, and figure out whatever you need to charge ahead this year and beyond.

Until then, let’s enjoy the little bit of holidays we have left. Happy New Year to all, from you friends at Collision Repair magazine.

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