The Automotive Recyclers Association of Atlantic Canada (ARAAC) recently made a donation of 1,000 N95 masks to be distributed in communities throughout Atlantic Canada. Trevor Kingsbury from Wholesale Auto Part Warehouses coordinated the purchase of a large quantity of masks and then reached out to his auto recycler customers to help to distribute these much sought after PPE.
While an enormous effort was put into getting these masks to all of our front-line healthcare workers during the pandemic, other opportunities to help out were identified with seniors’ homes, community centres and first responders. The ARAAC Board very quickly approved securing a 1,000-mask order from Trevor and then distributed 250 to members in each of the four Atlantic Provinces.
The Automotive Recyclers of Canada (ARC) Board of Directors have begun to distribute funds from their ARC Covid-19 Relief Fund. After an initial donation from Car-Part.com of $5,000, ARC matched that donation and Car-Part.com kicked in another $5,000. From that initial funding, nine cheques of $1,000 each have been issued to ARC Members.
Six cheques went to a Direct Member business, and three cheques went to employees of Direct Member business. Regionally, two went to OARA Members, one to an OARA employee, one to an ARPAC Member, two went to an ARPAC employee, and three went to ARAAC Members. The Fund was established to support Direct Members of ARC, and their vulnerable employees, to help deal with the repercussions of the Covid-19 Pandemic and/or industry shutdowns or slowdowns.
Ontario’s Used EV Incentive has been extended. The program, delivered by Plug’n Drive in collaboration with Clean Air Partnership and made possible thanks to the support of the M. H. Brigham Foundation, qualifies Ontario drivers for $1,000 toward the purchase of a used fully electric or plug-in hybrid electric vehicle. Since the program launched in April 2019, it has issued more than 500 incentives and continues to attract public interest despite the economic downturn caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.
To qualify for the incentive, drivers must attend an educational webinar on the environmental and economic benefits of electric transportation and purchase a used fully electric or plug-in hybrid electric vehicle with a re-sale sticker price below $50,000. A Scrappage Incentive was added to the program in February 2020, granting drivers an additional $1,000 if they also scrap their old gas car. The Automotive Recyclers of Canada ensure these vehicles are responsibly scrapped.