KCRA Newsletter October 2006

In this issue:

. latest news
. CarfixWorld
. special offers
. business tips
. ciia.com updates


Shop advisory issued- Private companies are calling autobody shops in Ontario offering to obtain their apprenticeship credit ( often $5000) if the shop owner pays them a fee. SHOPS BEWARE The application for apprenticeship tax credit is easy to fill out and submit. Call KCRA for assistance and a copy of the application form. Don't miss out on up to a $5000 tax credit for each year you employ an apprentice
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CarFixWORLD Career Day a hit with students

They were lined up when the show opened, and roared enthusiastically into CarFixWORLD's inaugural Career Day last Friday in Toronto. By 10:30, there were crowds of young people from across Ontario checking out the equipment displays, talking to potential employers on Interview Alley and lining up for autographs from TV celebrities.

The combination of automotive glamour and employment opportunity drew about 2600 students, who came from as far away as Kingston and Windsor. The bling side of the industry was supplied by customized show cars and celebrities like Pimp My Ride's Alex Pico and 'Q', and CASCAR driver DJ Kennington. The hundred industry companies on hand answered questions and demonstrated products to fill in the more serious aspect of the industry. Ciia.com operated Career Day on behalf of CarFixWORLD.St. Edmund Campion Catholic Secondary School (Brampton, ON) was represented by 178 students, and will receive the Lexus vehicle offered by Toyota Canada to the school with the most students at tthe show.Two students from Central Technical School (Toronto) won the Pit Stop Challenge, in which two-person teams had to remove and install two tires. The winning time was 1:52 min. Three stages provided a stream of presentations to help students and apprentices understand the opportunities in the automotive repair and collision fields. "Too often, young Canadians who could find career satisfaction miss an opportunity to learn about the job they might love. We are connecting them with exhibitors to help build a strong and dedicated labor force for the automotive aftermarket and collision industries," explained Carol Bell, manager of the CarFixWORLD


For the first time in Ontario, autobody and collision repair shop owners/operators can enjoy reduced costs while helping their local trade association.Save thousands of dollars on your garage insurance policy costs. Save almost $1000 with a special offer from Audatex Make thousands of dollars with increased profits from our special consultants.Save hundreds of dollars with discounted and special offers from industry vendors. Simply join your local collision repair trade association by calling 1-866-309-4272 for your membership kit. Members will receive numbered membership cards that can be used to access the vendor discounts. If you do not have a local association, linked with ciia.com in your area, just call 1-866-309-4272


Compliance problems. Ministry officials aren't happy with you? Before you call an expensive consultant or engineer in the phone book , call your collision repair trade association at 1-866-309-4272. We have the experience , tools and people to help.
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