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New Brunswick, P.E.I. deem auto repair essential
March 24, 2020 by Allan Janssen

New Brunswick and Prince Edward Island have both identified identified automotive repair shops and gas stations as essential services during the current coronavirus outbreak. In New Brunswick, Premier Blaine Higgs has invoked the province’s Emergency Measures Act, giving the government broad

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Quebec list of essential services includes vehicle repair
March 24, 2020 by Allan Janssen

The provincial government in Quebec has deemed service and repairs on emergency vehicles to be essential services. The list of essential services includes the “mechanical repair of motor vehicles, trucks and specialized equipment for industries deemed essential and roadside assistance.”

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AASA webinar offers facts, advice… and reassurance
March 20, 2020 by Allan Janssen

A detailed analysis of the impacts of the coronavirus outbreak by the Automotive Aftermarket Suppliers Association (AASA) this week started with words of encouragement. AASA president Paul McCarthy adopted soothing tones to reassure those who logged on to the association’s

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U.S. vehicles setting new records for fuel efficiency: EPA
March 17, 2020 by Allan Janssen

The U.S. vehicle fleet hit a record for fuel efficiency in 2018 averaging 25.1 miles mpg in real-world driving as it rose 0.2 mpg, according to that company’s Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). The fleet is also preliminarily anticipated to jump

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Canada manufacturing sector continues recovery: IHS report
March 4, 2020 by Allan Janssen

The gradual recovery in business conditions across the manufacturing sector continued in February, according to the latest data compiled by IHS Markit. Production volumes increased for the sixth month running, supported by the fastest rise in new orders since October

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Tech certification critical to public safety, ARA says
February 27, 2020 by Allan Janssen

By Allan Janssen In the era of high-tech motoring, potential dangerous vehicle components, and advanced driver assist systems, technician certification is key to public safety, says the president and CEO of British Columbia’s Automotive Retailers Association (ARA). Adrian Scovell said

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Canada invests in Ontario’s EV network
February 27, 2020 by Allan Janssen

In an effort to spur innovation and encourage the widespread adoption of electric vehicles (EVs), the Government of Canada is providing Ontarians with more options to purchase, charge and drive zero emission vehicles. Navdeep Bains, minister of Innovation, Science and

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Feds to fund new women-in-skills program
February 26, 2020 by Allan Janssen

The federal government of Canada says it is taking steps to encourage young Canadians to explore careers in the trades. Labour Minister Filomena Tassi, and Employment, Workforce Development, and Disability Inclusion Minister Carla Qualtrough have launched a project designed to

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USMCA to become parliamentary priority
January 22, 2020 by Allan Janssen

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says Canada will move next week to formally approve North America’s new, long-delayed free trade pact. Trudeau says the government will introduce a ways and means motion Jan. 27 when Parliament resumes, and will table legislation

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U.S. Senate approves USMCA trade deal
January 20, 2020 by Allan Janssen

The U.S. Senate has approved a revamp of the 26-year-old North American Free Trade Agreement that includes tougher labour and automotive content rules but leaves $1.2 trillion in annual U.S.-Mexico-Canada trade flows largely unchanged. The legislation for the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement

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Pennsylvania to review emissions test exemptions
January 17, 2020 by Allan Janssen

The Pennsylvania House of Representatives has decided against proceeding with new legislation that would exempt vehicles eight years and newer from the state’s emissions inspection program. Lawmakers decided instead to commission a study, reviewing the program with input from consumers

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Manufacturing PMI hit four-month low in December
January 9, 2020 by Allan Janssen

Business optimism in Canada dropped to its weakest level since February 2016, according to the IHS Markit Canada Manufacturing Purchasing Managers’ Index (PMI). December 2019 data revealed slower output growth amid falling new orders, a subdued rate of job creation,