Sponsoring Success: AIA Canada announces Arthur Paulin Aftermarket Scholarship recipients

Toronto, Ontario — Looking toward the future for the Canadian auto industry, the AIA High Fives for Kids Foundation has announced the recipients of this year’s Arthur Paulin Aftermarket Scholarship Awards. The scholarship was introduced to provide monetary assistance of $700 to students looking to further their education in the automotive field. This year, the […]

CCIF panel looks at state of training in Canada’s colleges

Training panelists at CCIF Vaughan, from left: Don MacKay of NBCC, Claude Viau of Centre d’études professionnelles Saint-Jérôme, Paulo Santos of Centennial College, Scott Kucharyshen of Saskatchewan Polytechnic and Mark Deroche of BCIT. The discussion was moderated by Patrice Marcil of Axalta Coating Systems.

By Mike Davey Vaughan, Ontario — January 29, 2017 — Continuously advancing technology is making itself felt throughout the industry, but Canada’s trade colleges may be feeling the impact the most. A panel discussion at CCIF Vaughan looked into the challenges today’s collision repair trainers are facing. The OEM repair procedures are constantly under revision, […]

New Brunswick Community College to invest in new trades facility

The Saint John campus of New Brunswick Community College. The school has announced it will build a multi-function space for the auto body repair, automotive service, steel fabrication and welding programs.

Saint John, New Brunswick — September 26, 2016 — New Brunswick Community College has been awarded funding to build a new, state-of-the-art trades facility at the school’s campus in Saint John. Plans include multi-functional spaces for the school’s autobody repair, automotive service, steel fabrication and welding programs. Provincial and federal governments are investing a total […]

Strong bonds: I-CAR and the provincial colleges offer welding certifications

Technicians are considered 'welding qualified' if they have passed their apprenticeship, but that training may be 20 to 30 years out of date. Keeping up-to-date requires periodic recertification.

By Jeff Sanford Toronto, Ontario — November 19, 2015 — In an industry as complex as the collision repair business the importance of proper training and certification is impossible to overstate. A poor or improper weld performed during a structural collision repair can compromise the vehicle’s structural integrity. The result, as I-CAR points out, is […]

Centennial College to host ‘apprenticeship disconnect’ meeting

Centennial College will host a meeting examining the disconnect between people signing apprenticeship agreements and actually showing up to class.

By Mike Davey Toronto, Ontario — September 17, 2015 — The shortage of qualified personnel in collision repair might be due to what some call the “apprenticeship disconnect.” Despite some 240 to 315 new apprentices each year signing agreements in Ontario, fewer than 25 percent of them will actually attend training school. “These apprentices often […]