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March drop in Canadian manufacturing rivals the great recession

April 2, 2020 by Allan Janssen

Manufacturing production in Canada fell in March at its fastest pace in almost 10 years, according to the latest data compiled by IHS Markit. Survey-record declines in output, new orders and employment reflected shrinking customer demand amid the global public…

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AIA offers details on emergency wage subsidy program

April 2, 2020 by Allan Janssen

The automotive Industries Association of Canada is still sorting through the newly-released details of the Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy program, but it promises to keep members apprised and help with claims-related questions. In a 40-minute web update yesterday, AIA president…

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Uni-Select furloughs half of its employees

April 1, 2020 by Allan Janssen

Uni-Select Inc. has furloughed approximately half of its employees in response to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic. Faced with a marked slowdown in demand, the company has also temporarily closed a third of its facilities. A further 28% of its sites…

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Shad’s R&R won’t go ahead in June

March 31, 2020 by Allan Janssen

For the first time in 46 years, Shad’s R&R has been cancelled. Due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, the aftermarket golf fundraiser for muscular dystrophy research will not be held as planned on June 11. Board members for the annual…

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Pandemic brings financial concerns: survey

March 30, 2020 by Allan Janssen

Three out of four Canadians say they’re feeling financial stress as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic. A study by financial technology company Borrowell found that 74% of those surveyed reported feeling some degree of stress brought on by the…

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New date announced for Congress of Auto Repair and Service

March 30, 2020 by Allan Janssen

The Texas-based Automotive Service Association (ASA) is banking that the coronavirus pandemic will have subsided enough by late August to allow its Congress of Auto Repair & Service (CARS) to proceed. The new date for the training event Aug. 24…

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Getting paid: Do your customers know how to eTransfer money?

March 27, 2020 by Allan Janssen

With the coronavirus in full transmission mode, many shops are trying to minimize face time with their customers. This can complicate payments. It’s simple enough if they’re paying with a credit card. That payment can be processed over the phone.…

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Automotive companies step up to assist health workers

March 27, 2020 by Allan Janssen

Manufacturers in the automotive industry are stepping up to assist medical workers and first responders during the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. Many automakers have offered to help supply the medical community with needed equipment and supplies. Ventilators and N95 masks are at…

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What working from home looks like, Alliance-style

March 26, 2020 by Allan Janssen

    The Aftermarket Auto Parts Alliance – known simply as the Alliance – is showing the world what “working from home” really means. The company says it has committed to being a resource to its shareholders during the Covid-19…

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Prioritize emergency vehicles during pandemic, AIA advises

March 25, 2020 by Allan Janssen

Auto repair shops that choose to remain open in provinces where other ‘non-essential’ services must close, should limited their work to emergency vehicles and those owned by essential service providers like first responders and medical personnel. That’s the recommendation of…

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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.”…