On May 17th 2016, the AIA Manitoba Division members and AIA’s Director of Government Relations, Jason Kerr held a number of provincial government meetings on various issues concerning the local membership and the industry at-large. Representing the membership were AIA’s Manitoba Division Chair, Tyler Samagalski (Dayco) as well as Jamie Campbell (NAPA), Marv Endler (Piston Ring), Jeff Rempel (George Rempel Auto Centre) and Rick Lowey (Wakefield Canada).
The first meeting saw the group meet with the Consumer Protection Office to discuss issues affecting regulations around how shops communicate with consumers when handling estimates and advertising door rates. The second meeting was with the Manitoba’s Workplace Safety Unit & Safe Work Manitoba. The government noted that the majority of issues they catch when inspecting shops are related to vehicle lifts. They offered the following helpful bulletins for Manitoba shops:
- Automotive Lifts Guideline
- Bulletin 104: Emergency Washing Facilities
- Bulletin 158: Spray Coating: This two-page bulletin describes how spray coating operations represent a high risk of fire, explosion hazards and hazardous physical exposure.
AIA’s third meeting was with the Ministry of Infrastructure and Transportation and Manitoba Public Insurance (MPI). The discussion focused on the current review of the vehicle inspection safety standard criteria and the associated maximum cost that can be charged to consumers. AIA was offered three seats on the government’s stakeholder steering group. AIA’s Manitoba Division Chair will be one of those seats.
The last meeting of the day was with the Ministry of Education and Training to discuss labour challenges, as well as resources available to members to help in their recruitment efforts. The department has already updated AIA’s Manitoba Employer Resource Tool Kit. Please click here to access it.
Overall, this was the second time AIA has hosted meetings in Manitoba with government and these successful meetings built on the efforts that began back in May 2014.