AIA Canada's New Report Offers a Critical Look at Labour Market Shortages in the Aftermarket Industry

Ask any vehicle service and repair shop owner what their biggest challenge is and, most likely, they will say it is finding the right technicians. Labour shortages in the automotive aftermarket industry are not new - there is an abundance of anecdotal reporting that suggests, when it comes to accessing a talented and available workforce, the industry is struggling. AIA Canada's latest report, Labour Market Watch: Gaps, Challenges and Opportunities in the Aftermarket Industry, is the first study to offer a critical and evidence-based look at labour market challenges. Key findings from the report include:

  • In 2017, the total number of people working in 15 occupations in the industry across Canada was 359,015. This number is expected to increase to 407,042 (13.4%) by 2022.
  • 64.9% of the aftermarket labour pool was 30 years of age or older in 2017, while 35.1% was under 30.

Are enough people entering the industry early enough to gain the training and experience required to replace the highly skilled and experienced people who will leave during the projected growth period? What about possible demands beyond that? This study reinforces that, moving forward, industry, government, education and associations must continue to mobilize in a concerted effort to respond to the labour challenges that lie ahead, particularly in light of technological advances such as hybrid, autonomous and electric vehicles. This report is a must read for any employee or business operating in the aftermarket industry. It is FREE for all industry stakeholders, job seekers, guidance counsellors, employers, frontline workers, government officials, students, and AIA Canada members. Download the full report. For more information, please contact Communications at: 180 Elgin Street, Suite 1400 Ottawa, ON K2P 2K3 1-800-808-2920, ext. 285

This project is funded in part by the Government of Canada's Sectoral Initiatives Program.