John Norris wins OCOT Prize of Excellence

John Norris holding the OCOT Prize of Excellence. From left: David Tsubouchi (Registrar & CEO), John Norris, Catherine Poultney (Chair , Motive Power Divisional Board) and Pat Blackwood (Chair, Board of Governors)

By Erin McLaughlin Toronto, Ontario — July 11, 2017 — John Norris, Executive Director of CIIA, received the 2017 inaugural Ontario College of Trades Award of Excellence. This prize acknowledges both the work he has done with Collision Industry Information and Assistance (CIIA), and CIIA’s efforts to both enhance apprenticeship completion and help working techicians […]

Ontario apprentice numbers swell to over 700

OCOT logo.

Toronto, Ontario — February 20, 2017 — Continued heavy growth by new, interested and motivated young people in the collision repair industry has again propelled the apprentice numbers upward. Ontario reported that as of February 1, 2017 a total of 700 auto body and collision damage repair apprentices had registered with the Ontario College of […]

Certificate of Qualification prep course returns in December

Hamilton, Ontario — November 8, 2016 — Collision Industry Information Assistance (CIIA) has scheduled two new classes to help unlicensed techs successfully complete Ontario’s provincial trades license exam. “The impact of trades license enforcement by the Ontario College of Trades and the fact that most of the exam challengers failed the trades exam on their […]

Could recyclers sell electronics as parts instead of scrap?

An engine control module from a Toyota. The Vehicle Security Professional program could allow some recyclers to sell modules as parts rather than for their scrap value.

Hamilton, Ontario — September 21, 2016 — Electronic components are everywhere in modern vehicles, and buying new ones is often extremely expensive. Could automotive recyclers sell these components, not as scrap, but as parts? John Norris thinks so. He administers the Vehicle Security Professional (VSP) program, a data exchange system designed to allow eligible automotive […]

Tropicana graduates new pre-apprenticeship class

The graduating class of 2016, with representatives of some of the program's sponsors. Check out the gallery below for more photos!

By Mike Davey   Toronto, Ontario — September 2, 2016 — A number of new technicians are on their way into the collision repair industry, thanks to the Tropicana Community Services Pre-Apprenticeship program, its sponsors and their own hard work. The graduation ceremony for this year’s class took place at The Radisson Hotel in Toronto, […]

Special event celebrates Mohawk College’s graduating class

The graduates of Mohawk College’s apprenticeship Level 3 class. Also shown are John Norris of CIIA (centre), Paul Birchall of 3M (front row, right) and instructors Jim Miles and Jim Carey.

Hamilton, Ontario — June 28, 2016 — Recognition of the work and skill needed to become an Auto Body Collision Damage Repairer in Ontario was highlighted recently by 3M Canada and Collision Industry Information Assistance (CIIA) at Mohawk College in Stoney Creek, Ontario. The 14 graduates of the apprenticeship Level 3 class were presented with […]

CIIA workshop looks at shop financials, top health and safety concerns

John Norris of CIIA during the evening workshop. Check out the gallery below for more photos!

Vaughan, Ontario — June 20, 2016 — Collision Industry Information Assistance (CIIA) held an evening workshop recently to discuss a number of topics, including updates on apprenticeships, new grants incentives and new technology for the shop. The workshop took place at Monte Carlo Inn in Vaughan, Ontario. One of the presentations during the event focused […]