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A Just Adjustment: Sask. labour rates to increase 3 percent on Saturday, SGI says

Regina, Saskatchewan — Saskatchewan Government Insurance (SGI) will be updating compensation rates for all its accredited auto repair partners, increasing the labour rate by 3 percent from $92.68 to $95.46, effective Saturday. This increase will be reflected on all shop profiles on April 1, potentially resulting in system disruptions for repair shops according to SGI. […]

Welcomes of the Week: CARDIFF CARSTAR Regina

Regina, Saskatchewan — CARSTAR has a shiny new shop under its wing, announcing Thursday the opening of CARDIFF CARSTAR Regina, located at 2330 7th Ave., Regina. Owner and namesake of the new facility, Joe Cardiff has been a collision industry professional for more than 36 years, boasting six-pillar platinum I-CAR certification, journeyperson status, as well […]

Seed Funding: One hundred Sask. high school graduates to receive skilled trades scholarship

Regina, Saskatchewan — One hundred Saskatchewan high school graduates are getting a little help on their way to careers in the skilled trades, as the province announced on Friday that scholarships are on the way to the would-be apprentices. The Saskatchewan Apprenticeship and Trade Certification Commission (SATCC) announced that Saskatchewan Youth Apprenticeship (SYA) Industry Scholarships […]

SAAR Your Engines: Spring Conference and AGM this weekend

Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan — A weekend to remember is about to unfold as the Saskatchewan Association of Automotive Repairers (SAAR) preps to host its annual Spring Conference and Annual General Meeting this weekend. Kicking off with a gathering at the local pub Bobby’s Place, SAAR’s Spring event will operate under a “come and go” format […]

Time for a Chit Chat: SGI to seek collision centre feedback at Dec. 2 Town Hall

Estevan, Saskatchewan ⁠— Saskatchewan Government Insurance (SGI) will be hosting a Town Hall this Thursday, December 2 at the Western Star All Suites in Estevan from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. During the meeting, SGI will seek feedback in two areas: what the public insurer should expect from a high-performance collision centre, and what a […]

Holy Hail: Regina’s summer hailstorm spurs $90 million in claims, 11,000 auto claims

Regina, Saskatchewan ⁠—  An Aug. 31 hailstorm that pummeled the Regina, Sask. area has resulted in 11,004 auto claims, according to Saskatchewan Government Insurance (SGI). In the city of Regina alone, SGI received 8,390 auto claims. Thus far, total damages calculated will likely cost more than $90 million, says SGI.  Jonathan Bergen, the owner of […]

Skills for Paying Bills: Skilled Trade and Technology Week starts in Saskatchewan

Regina, Saskatchewan — Sunday marks the beginning of Skilled Trade and Technology Week in Saskatchewan, and the provincial government is hoping it can steer some young talent toward our underserved trades industries. The province is encouraging schools to bring in apprentices and tradespeople to present to students on the many fulfilling career opportunities that exist […]

Under Lock and Key: Regina Police warn local auto businesses of increased theft

Regina, Saskatchewan — Last week, the Regina Police Service said it had witnessed an increase in a specific type of business-related auto theft, targeting businesses like auto repair shops and dealerships that use drop-boxes for customers’ vehicle keys. Since August 2021, five separate collision repair centres have reported their drop boxes and the keys inside […]

Regina Recovering: SGI receives more than 3,700 vehicle claims after Regina hailstorm

Regina, Saskatchewan — While the real costs are of course still being tallied up, SGI places the amount of vehicle damage claims they received in the days following Tuesday night’s hailstorm at more than 3,700. Reports of golf ball-sized hail extend as far as Assiniboia, 130 kilometres southwest of the storm’s eye in Regina. “It’s […]