A very successful Ontario Advocacy Day at Toronto’s Queen’s Park, was held by AIA Canada on February 25. AIA members from both the collision and repair sectors participated in the event.
The focus was about introducing the automotive aftermarket to the new Ontario Government. Face-to-face meetings were held and participants were told about import industry issues i.e. the future of vehicle connectivity and telematics; the Right to Repair; education and workforce development.
“Taking the automotive aftermarket’s message directly to politicians and policy makers through events like this is a vital part of AIA Canada’s mission,” said Jean-François Champagne, AIA Canada President. “The day was a resounding success. Especially well received was the messaging on access to vehicle data, since it touches on multiple issues such as jobs, consumer choice, innovation, and a fair and competitive marketplace.”
“It’s our opportunity to get in front of politicians to tell them our needs and concerns with the industry,” said Steve Leal, Fix Automotive Network World President and AIA Canada board member. “This will help to steer things in the right direction.”
Over a dozen Members of Provincial Parliament (MPPs) from the Progressive Conservative, NDP and Liberal parties along with senior policy advisors and parliamentary assistants from the Ministries of Transportation; Training, Colleges and Universities; Labour; Economic Development, Job Creation and Trade; and, Government and Consumer Services were met with formally by AIA Canada at this event.