The automotive aftermarket is that part of the automotive industry concerned with the manufacture, remanufacture, distribution, wholesaling, and retailing of all vehicle replacement parts, accessories, tools, equipment, accessories, chemicals and services, except those products that are used as original equipment to manufacture new vehicles.
Any product or service that a vehicle may need after it is assembled by the Original Equipment Manufacturers is an aftermarket product or service. The traditional aftermarket includes independent repair facilities as well as mass merchandiser facilities; it does not include warranty service from an OE dealer.
The automotive aftermarket offers career opportunities in a number of fields from the skilled trades to management positions.
If cars are your passion, no matter what you skill set, the automotive aftermarket industry in Canada has a career to offer you.
Retail sales in the aftermarket are over $19 billion.
The Canadian automotive aftermarket is about the same size as the clothing industry ($15.1 billion), furniture industry ($15.1 billion) and the pharmaceuticals industry ($13.6 billion). Direct employment in the aftermarket totalled 410,700 Canadians in 2009 - the largest segment of the automotive industry as a whole. If the automotive aftermarket industry were considered a distinct industry its employment would rank above Mining and Oil/Gas, Computer & Electronics, Plastics and Rubber Products, Forestry & Logging, Automotive Vehicle Assembly, and Aerospace Manufacturing.
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Careers in Trades The Skilled Trades offer a career you can build on. A career in the skilled trades gives you Respect - Opportunity - Good Pay and more. To find out about the great opportunities a career in the skilled trades can offer visit www.careersintrades.ca.
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Futures 2000: An excellent source of information regarding higher-level automotive-related occupations.
OYAP: Ontario Youth Apprenticeship Program: Opens apprenticeship doors for youth (16 years +) who are entering grade 11; the program allows them to work towards a career as a registered apprentice, and eventually a certified skilled worker or journeyperson, all while completing their Ontario Secondary School Diploma.
Skills Connect: Auto Service Sector: This Government of Ontario website shows how Ontario is a leader in the automotive industry, and in 1997 manufactured more light trucks than any other jurisdiction in North America. The sector is undergoing exciting change as consumers demand vehicles that not only provide improved performance and value, but are also more environment friendly.