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Government relations: Working for the sector

Issue 1: Right to Repair

Modern, web-connected vehicles collect thousands of data points on the health of vehicle systems. Without access to this data, independent auto repair shops cannot service a vehicle. 

Issue 2: Labour

The auto care sector is facing a skills shortage caused by rising retirement rates and a decrease in registrations for apprenticeship programs. Find out more about how we’re helping address this issue.

About the auto care sector

AIA Canada represents, supports and leads innovation in Canada’s $37.8 billion auto care sector.

With more than thousands of members from coast to coast, our vision, research, training programs and advocacy supports Canada’s collision and mechanical sectors.

Our best practices for the auto care industry help our members keep Canada’s fleet of almost 26.6 million vehicles on the road.

Government relations matters

Politics impacts every part of your business. At the same time, political decision-makers often don’t fully grasp exactly how their choices or inaction will impact you, your business and your employees.

Decision-makers can’t fix problems they don’t know about, which is why they need to be engaged directly by those affected.

The Government Relations team at AIA Canada is working for our members and sector overall to advance issues and concerns that will impact the future of the sector. We are focused on what matters to our membership and take a targeted approach to raise our concerns with key decision makers who can then take action.

Transportation of dangerous goods

Equivalency Certificates, issued by Transport Canada, authorize AIA Canada’s members to transport various dangerous goods.

AIA Canada members can access for download the Equivalency Certificate here by login into their member account.

Members can access online health and safety training via the Bistrainer website.

For inquiries related to the transportation of dangerous goods, please email our Government Relations team at

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Our team

Jean-François Champage, CAE

Jean-François (JF) Champagne is the president and chief executive officer of the Automotive Industries Association of Canada (AIA Canada), a non-profit organization that is the voice and resource of a $37.8 billion industry with thousands of professional members from coast to coast. Under JF’s leadership, AIA Canada brings together the entire auto care supply and service chain and equips its members with the tools, skills, profile, and knowledge they need to succeed in a fast-paced, competitive landscape.  

Since joining AIA Canada in 2015, JF has focused his efforts on helping guide members and the sector overall on a variety of issues, including electric vehicles (EV), labour sustainability and digital transformation.  

As a Certified Association Executive (CAE) and a technology visionary, JF leads with a focus on ensuring organizations thrive in the digital age. He is a regular speaker at automotive industry and association-management conferences, where he shares his expertise on the integration of technology in strategic planning to help shape better and stronger organizations.  

JF Champagne currently serves as the Chair of the Canadian Automobile Service Information Standard (CASIS), as the Vice-Chair of the Canadian Society of Association Executives (CSAE) and as a board member of the Automotive Business School of Canada (ASBC). He is also a representative on the Canadian Automobile Partnership Council (CAPC).

Interested in getting involved?

For more information or to discuss other ways you can get involved, please contact our Government Relations team.

Park N Fly Benefits

How the program works

  • Members select their departure city from the drop-down menu
    1. Choose Valet or Self-Park where applicable
    2. Enter their outbound and return dates
    3. Click find your rate
    4. The rates will automatically load
    5. Print a copy of the coupon
  • When exiting the lot
    1. Scan the printed Park’N Fly coupon at the Self-Park pay station
  • If members are using a Valet location
    • Hand a copy of the printed voucher to the agent at check-out or give them the discount code 1120313 once the code is entered by the agent the rate will automatically append to the AIA Canada rate program.
  • Discount Code 1120313
  • At check out members simply scan their pre-printed coupon the Valet or Self-Park pay station
  • When exiting the lot
    • Select form of payment
      1. Credit card
      2. Debit card
    • If they have any difficulties simply
      1. Manually enter 1120313 at the pay station and the rate will be applied
    • Scan the Park’N Fly ticket