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Automotive Industries Association of Canada to Launch an Accreditation Program for the Collision Industry

Ottawa, May 13, 2016 – The Automotive Industries Association (AIA) of Canada announced today that it will be launching a nation-wide collision facility accreditation program in the fall of 2016. Tony Canade, AIA Canada Chair and President of Assured Automotive, provided some background on the decision. “The industry is seeing a rapid growth in OE certified repair network programs, each with different standards and costs to participate. AIA has been approached by a considerable number of major networks and multi-store owners (MSOs) from the Canadian industry to provide a neutral and cost-effective way to get their shops accredited against these programs.”

Jean-François Champagne, President of AIA Canada, noted that “The Association has a proven track record servicing the collision sector through I-CAR Canada, the Canadian Collision Industry Forum (CCIF), and our Collision Council. An accreditation program is a natural extension of these efforts.”

Meanwhile, AIA Canada is collaborating with major stakeholders in the industry to roll out the program on schedule and further details will be available in the coming months. For more information, please contact Andrew Shepherd, Senior Director Industry Programs, AIA Canada, at andrew.shepherd@aiacanada.com.

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