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Member Advisory: New Resources Developed by the Provincial Government for AIA Members in New Brunswick

newbrunsgovThe Automotive Industries Association (AIA) of Canada members and staff met with several government officials in Fredericton, NB on May 12, to discuss priorities impacting its local membership.

Six meetings in total were organized with a number of provincial departments (Department of Public Safety, Post-Secondary Education, Training and Labour, Recycle NB, Opportunities NB and WorkSafeNB) and one elected official, Monique LeBlanc, MLA for Moncton East and Government Caucus Chair.

The meetings covered various topics including road safety, vehicle inspections, small and medium-sized business (SME) tools and resources and product stewardship. These meetings also afforded AIA an opportunity to update the government on trends in the automotive aftermarket and to learn more about provincial programs and funding assistance available to members wishing to recruit new employees.

“It was such a great opportunity for us to introduce the industry and our Association and its members to the Government of New Brunswick. We were able to discuss a number of issues that are important to the automotive aftermarket but also to find out the Provincial Government’s top priorities. The updates from the government officials on what programs and resources are available in New Brunswick will certainly be beneficial to our members and their businesses.” said Lynn Cormier, Territory Sales Manager at Specialty Sales & Marketing and AIA’s Atlantic Division Chair.

The New Brunswick Automotive Incentives and Resources document provides a list of automotive-related trade resources, incentives, grants and supports available in the province and is available for download here.

The Youth Employment Fund (YEF) document provides an entry point to long term employment for unemployed individuals between 18-29 years of age who require a work experience opportunity. Employers can access a maximum of $10,000 in funding in return for 6 months of guaranteed employment. The document is available for download here.

“The YEF presents AIA members in New Brunswick with an ideal opportunity to not only access subsidized labour but to also give back to their community by helping youth gain work experience and develop skills through training, mentoring and coaching.” said Jason Kerr, Director of Government Relations at AIA Canada.

AIA members in New Brunswick are encouraged to consult the documents to learn about the services and resources available to them.

For more information about any of these meetings or other government relations activities at AIA, please contact Jason Kerr, Director, Government Relations.