#aftermarket – Automotive Industries Association (AIA) of Canada members and staff met with government officials in Edmonton, Alberta, on April 15, to discuss priorities impacting its local membership.
The meetings held during four separate sessions covered a number of issues such as workplace safety, job creation, small and medium-sized business tools and resources, apprenticeships, economic development, consumer protection, road safety and the Be Car Care Aware (BCCA) program. Specifically, meetings were held with the Ministry of Job, Skills, Training and Labour, the Ministry of Innovation and Advanced Education, Alberta Transportation and Service Alberta.
These government relations activities in Alberta offered an opportunity for AIA to introduce its members, learn about programs relevant to the industry and work towards building a strong and long-lasting partnership with the province.
“These meetings were a positive step forward in relationships with the provincial government and in fact, yielded a valuable comprehensive document outlining employer incentives and grants, available tax credits, apprenticeship initiatives and industry services. We asked the Ministry of Jobs, Skills, Training and Labour for a clear and concise document outlining all of the available government resources and what they put together for us will be a great resource for members. All of the meetings were valuable and provide a good base to building a stronger relationship with the government of Alberta” said Alvin Chibi, Chair of the AIA Northern Alberta Division.
Members are encouraged to read the Automotive Sector Resources (http://bit.ly/ABASR), a document that provides targeted information related to jobs, apprenticeships and potential funding and the Alberta Business Advantage (http://bit.ly/AlbertaBA), a document that offers an overview of the opportunities for expanding business into the province. A list of employer programs and services to support recruiting for AIA members (http://bit.ly/AlbertaSupports) has also been made available by the Ministry of Job, Skills, Training and Labour. Information on grants, incentives and financing options across Canada can be found as well by browsing www.BusinessLink.ca, a non-profit, entrepreneurial hub website.
AIA staff and members were very pleased with the results of the meetings. All ministry officials proved to be receptive, open and showed a keen interest in assisting members of the automotive aftermarket in strengthening their businesses.
AIA would like to thank the members of the AIA Northern Alberta Division who took time out of their busy schedules to attend the meetings.
The next set of government meetings scheduled for Western Canada is anticipated to take place in Regina, Saskatchewan in October 2015.
For more information about any of these meetings or other government relations activities at AIA, please contact Jason Kerr, Director, Government Relations at Jason.Kerr@aiacanada.com.