AIA Canada’s Government Relations (GR) activities provide members with a greater voice in the government decision-making process and ultimately protect members’ interests. Following an advocacy approach, AIA proactively educates and sensitizes decision-makers to aftermarket industry issues and identifies, researches, and addresses government policies at the federal, provincial, and municipal levels that have or may have an impact on its members.
The association’s government relations initiatives focus on areas of concern for members, including skills training, product and industry standards, and stewardship. AIA also works to form coalitions and alliances with other strategic partners to lend further strength to the voice of members. A prime example is AIA’s involvement with partner organizations that seek to maintain the viability of the Canadian Automotive Service Information Standard (CASIS).
With the goal of maximizing the association’s reach, AIA works to enhance existing relationships and develop new connections with members of all political parties, as well as with bureaucratic staff by regularly interacting with federally and provincially elected officials, public servants, partner associations and non-traditional stakeholders.