During the week of June 20th, AIA’s Director of Government Relations, Jason Kerr, engaged in provincial government and stakeholder meetings on various issues concerning the local membership in Nova Scotia. There were four activities summarized as follows:
- Annual Meeting of Canadian Council of Motor Transport Administrators (CCMTA) from June 19-21, 2016: AIA held numerous discussions with various provincial authorities building on discussions related to the importance of mandatory periodic motor vehicle safety inspections.
- Nova Scotia Automotive Sector Council (ASC) - The purpose of the meeting was to provide an update on activities related to the promotion of jobs in the auto sector and to determine if there exist new projects where the organizations can work together to promote apprenticeships, recruitment and support the needs of employers. ASC also committed to updating the AIA Nova Scotia Employer Resource Tool Kit, which is a crucial document outlining all of the government support (bursaries, grants, tax incentives, HR resources, etc.) that are available to employers in the province.
- Ministry of Labour and Advanced Education – Occupational Health and Safety Division: The division is responsible for health and safety in the workplace and administers Nova Scotia's Occupational Health and Safety Act and Regulations. The purpose of the meeting was to address any concerns regarding workplace safety in the auto industry and to identify helpful resources to share with members.
The province provides a Small Business Safety Toolkit that can be accessed here: http://wcb.ns.ca/toolkit.aspx. Numerous other guidelines and other helpful documents made available by the province can be found here: http://novascotia.ca/lae/healthandsafety/pubs.asp#guides AIA members looking for more information can also contact the Health and Safety Division of the Ministry at firstname.lastname@example.org or 1-800-952-2687.
- Office of Service Nova Scotia, Consumer Programs Office: Discussions included issues with respect to consumer protection such as the industry’s new warranty statement and emerging technologies, such as telematics.
If you require more information, please contact AIA’s Director of Government Relations as follows:
Automotive Industries Association (AIA) of Canada
Director, Government Relations
1400 – 180 Elgin Street
Ottawa, Ontario K2P 2K3
T: (613) 728-5821 / (800) 808-2920 x.234