Community Spirit: SAAR director, Sask. Polytech alum donates $60K for BETAG autobody repair tools

Saskatoon, Saskatchewan — Students in Saskatchewan Polytechnic’s auto body technician certificate program can look forward to working with modern BETAG equipment and software, thanks to a generous donation by polytech alumni, Barb and Tom Bissonnette. The tools include reverse presses, weld-on metal tags and pullers, induction heaters, glue tabs and pullers. All of these allow […]

Staying Fluid: HMFT named preferred distributor of GFS products in Alberta and Saskatchewan

Wisconsin, United States — Global Finishing Solutions (GFS) is proud to partner with MHFT, formerly known as Howard Marten Fluid Technologies, as its preferred automotive and truck refinish distributor in Alberta and Saskatchewan, giving body shops and collision repair centres a reliable equipment supplier with a history of fluid handling expertise. This follows HMFT’s acquisition […]

SAAR, Sweet SAAR: Sask. repairers gather for golf and good times at SAAR Fall Conference 2022

Whitecap Dakota First Nation, Saskatchewan — The Saskatchewan Association of Automotive Repairers (SAAR) just wrapped up its annual fall conference over the weekend, drawing in some of the biggest names in Western Canada’s aftermarket industry and beyond. As is tradition, this year’s SAAR Fall Conference opened with a friendly golf tournament on the grounds of […]



YOU’RE GONNAGO PARR, KID The year 1952 brought a lot of exciting new things into the world: Hudson Motor Car Company followed up the iconic Hornet with the Wasp, John Steinbeck released his magnum opus, East of Eden, Jeff Goldblum was born—and Parr Auto Body opened its doors in Saskatoon. Helmed by some of Saskatchewan’s […]

All Hail SGI : Saskatoon Hailstorm causes weekend damage, hundreds of claims filed

Saskatoon, Saskatchewan — Things can change at a moment’s notice. Evening plans can turn into overnight escapades. A drive on a whim can turn into a journey for a day. And a beautiful summer day can descend into danger and destruction. That’s exactly what happened last Saturday as a summer storm damaged many vehicles in […]

Frugal Finances: NDP calls out high Saskatchewan auto insurance rates

Saskatoon, Saskatchewan –  A New Democratic Party (NDP) critic has called out Saskatchewan Government Insurance (SGI) for failing to reduce insurance rates, despite a healthy financial year. After “a record-setting catastrophic storm and issues arising from the COVID-19 pandemic,” a recent press release said that SGI remains financially stable. This comes after the provincial legislature reviewed […]

Hear Ye, Hear Ye: SGI to host additional Town Hall in Yorkton

Yorkton, Saskatchewan- Saskatchewan Government Insurance has announced another opportunity for its accredited repair partners to network and discuss new and emerging issues challenging the collision repair industry. The SGI Town Hall will start with a presentation from SGI providing updates on various initiatives, including: Safe Quality Auto Repair Project (SQARP) Accreditation (Scorecards/High-Performance Partner Program) SADA/SAAR/SGI […]

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 […]



PARTY IN THE PRAIRIES Calling all, far and near, 2022 SAAR Fall Conference tickets are here. Set to run over three days and jam-packed with some of the biggest names in the North American collision repair industry, the Saskatchewan Association of Automotive Repairers are all geared up for what they are considering their most ambitious […]