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Dim economic outlook thanks to supply chain issues
November 5, 2021 by Adam Malik

No rosy picture is being painted about the future of Canada’s economy. Supply chain challenges have dimmed economic prospects, according to RSM Canada. The business consulting firm issued its quarterly report on the country’s economic situation and how it impacts

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Can ‘right to disconnect’ laws actually work?
October 29, 2021 by Adam Malik

As many remote employees have discovered over the course of the COVID-19 pandemic, the lines between work time and home life have been blurred. In what is said to be an effort to protect workers and ensure bosses can’t make

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Move EV stations coming in Ottawa
October 27, 2021 by Adam Malik

Hydro Ottawa is providing funding to eligible applicants for electric vehicle charging stations in Ottawa. The funding initiative will cover up to 50 per cent of project costs for the purchase and installation of EV charging stations. Eligible locations are:

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What makes this industry expert hopeful about the aftermarket
August 31, 2021 by Adam Malik

Used car sales is a strong indicator for a financially stable and successful automotive aftermarket as it will keep service and repair shops busy, says an industry expert. With a shortage of semiconductors and chips for new vehicles resulting in

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What’s on the aftermarket’s wish list for the upcoming election?
August 25, 2021 by Adam Malik

With an election just weeks away, topics like ensuring access to vehicle data and industry investments will be top of mind for aftermarket professionals when speaking with candidates. “The theme of right to repair now, as part of this election,

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Bill that would support aftermarket dies after election call
August 24, 2021 by Adam Malik

A key piece of legislation with automotive aftermarket implications died once the upcoming federal election was called. Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau met with Gov. Gen. Mary Simon on Aug. 15 to approve his request to dissolve Parliament and trigger the

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A more attractive aftermarket: how to connect with millennial shoppers
April 16, 2021 by Christine Hogg

This story first appeared in the March issue of Jobber News. Click here to access the digital magazine. A quick Google image search of the term “millennials” reveals a series of photos that all have one thing in common. Besides

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Why understanding the consumer convenience revolution is critical to the aftermarket’s global recovery
March 10, 2021 by Christine Hogg

This article first appeared in the January/February issue of Jobber News. It has been updated to reflect current global COVID-19 statistics. To access the digital issue, click here. At the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, the automotive aftermarket was deemed

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Industry watchers offer positive outlook
November 5, 2020 by Allan Janssen

    Industry executives participating in the Virtual AAPEX Experience struck a positive note when asked to comment on the future of the automotive aftermarket on Tuesday. In a session called “What to Expect on the Road Ahead,” aftermarket leaders

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Canada investing in wood-based automotive parts
October 19, 2020 by Christine Hogg

Soon enough, automotive parts could be made of wood. On Oct. 16th, Canada’s Minister of Natural Resources announced $1.2 million to GreenNano Technologies Inc., a company based in Toronto, to scale up production of a new lightweight wood-fibre–based composite material to create automotive

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April and May could have been nadir for job loss: DesRosiers
September 11, 2020 by Allan Janssen

    The pandemic has cost many Canadians their jobs. In the automotive world, new car dealerships were particularly hard hit in April, with employment down by more than 60,000 or 38% from 2019. DesRosiers Automotive Consultants reports the high

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Canadian spending more, but still cautious
August 20, 2020 by Allan Janssen

Canadian optimism has remained steady during COVID-19, with most Canadians uncertain about an economic recovery, according to a report from McKinsey & Company. Canadian consumers are uncertain about the economy and the duration of the COVID-19 crisis. Though more consumers