Auto Body Repairs Ltd. has been in business for 27 years, serving
central Saskatchewan in the Saskatoon area.
Auto Body Repairs Ltd. 2326 Avenue C North Saskatoon, SK S7L 5X5
306-664-4156 ----- Fax: 306-664-6199
Canada continues expansion to other provinces
Canada had its second best year on record in 2005, posting a consolidated
profit of more than $35 million, despite record storm costs of over
$28 million in Saskatchewan. SGI Canada is the competitive arm of
SGI, Saskatchewan's provincial insurance corporation. It sells property
and casualty insurance in Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Ontario and the
Maritimes, and will begin selling insurance products in Alberta
"SGI Canada continued to expand its presence beyond Saskatchewan's
borders," Minister Responsible for SGI Glenn Hagel said. "Forty-five
per cent of the company's underwriting profit came from the business
written in other provinces, despite the fact that 84% of our premiums
are written in Saskatchewan. Each of SGI Canada's out of province
operations were profitable in 2005 and continue to spread SGI's
insurance risk, earn profits and create jobs in Saskatchewan."
Looking toward the future, SGI Canada plans to write $50 million
in premium income over the next five years from the Alberta market
alone. "In 2006, SGI will give back $45 million to 520,000
customers through an 8% rebate on the insurance premiums they paid
for 2005 coverage. SGI customers will continue to enjoy the lowest
auto insurance rates in Canada, with 2006 marking the sixth year
in a row with no general increase to rates."
management and training discussed at SAAR meeting
Sakatchewan Association of Automotive Repairers (SAAR), including
the grid system of estimating, shop accreditation, industry negotiating
relationships and procedures, and plans for the association's
Temple Gardens Mineral Spa & Casino in Moose Jaw was the host
hotel for the "best ever" SAAR annual meeting, reports
John Scissons, executive director.
Jeff Hof of Toronto presented an update on the CARS Council project
regarding the Professional Development Training Needs Assessment
- Standards Project and the development of a web site and implementation
of the Human Resources Industry Suite Project.
He was followed by Richard Davies of Today's Technology Marketing
His presentation about the risk of literally losing your business
due to having no off-site back-up computer records was well received.
Jean Germain of First Choice Auto Repair from Montreal closed
off the morning with his presentation of economical online information
systems and web sites for the collision industry.
The lunch break was followed by Toni-Lynn Welwood from Skills
Canada, Regina, who reported on the competitions in March in Saskatoon
and SAAR's support of it. It is now acknowledged that the Skills
Canada Canadian Finals will be in Saskatoon in 2007.
Reagan Mock and Tom Bissonnette gave those present the I-CAR update
and reported on Collision TV and the initial classes at SIAST
- Kelsey Campus. The first estimating class of 2006 was held Feb.
4, in Saskatoon at SIAST with the all day program filled to the
max with 50 participants.
SAAR's fall conference includes a Show and Shine event, and runs
Sept. 8- 9 in Saskatoon at the Castle on the River.
Ken Friesen from Concours Collision Centres in Calgary will be
the Friday afternoon seminar speaker. His presentation will outline
what shops need to do to better in order to control the things
they can control and how to not worry about the things they cannot
(courtesy of www.bodyshopbiz.com)
operators and SGI reach two-year deal
representing Saskatchewan collision repair shops and the province's
government insurer, SGI, have reached a new agreement which sets
terms for collision repairs performed in 2006 and 2007. The deal
sets different hourly rates for body work, refinish, and frame repairs.
The body rate for accredited facilities is $53.92 for '06 and $55.54
for '07. Non-accredited shops receive $35.35 for both years.
The refinish rate is slightly higher at $54.57 and $56.21, while
the frame repair hours are paid at $55.94 and $57.62 for 2007.
The agreement also specifies that repairers will be paid a teardown
allowance of either 2.5 hours (for jobs in excess of $3000) or 1
hour when SGI requests a "Report Cost" or "Guaranteed
As well, the use of CAPA-approved aftermarket body repair parts
is extended to newer vehicles under the new agreement. For 2006,
vehicles six model years and older are eligible, and in 2007 vehicles
5 model years and older will be eligible.
mending fences with Saskatchewan repairers
from Saskatchewan's government insurance body, SGI, joined the rovince's
auto and collision repair professionals at the Fall Conference of
the Saskatchewan association of Automotive Repairers (SAAR) on Sept.
16 and 17 in Saskatoon.
John Scissons, executive director of SAAR, reports that senior SGI
personnel made themselves available to address concerns, queries
and issues pertaining to their understanding of repair industry
procedures, guidelines and policies currently under review with
Scissons says, "It appears the hostilities and negative attitudes
of March 8, 2004 have tempered somewhat, as the tone of the meeting
was quite professional and encouraging. Both parties continue to
repair the breach resulting from the paint material rollback by
The two-day conference began with a director's breakfast and meeting
to discuss the challenges of the collision repair industry in Saskatchewan.
Following a welcome from the mayor of Saskatoon, Jennifer Steeves,
executive director of Canadian Automotive Repair and Service (CARS)
Council, provided an update of CARS activities, projects and plans
for the industry.
Tracey Blouin, Canadian field manager for I-CAR, shared I-CAR's
vision, needs and training plans for the industry.
Evening activities included a classic car show and Beatles tribute
REPAIR TRADE ASSOCIATION OFFERS SCHOLARSHIP
The Saskatchewan Association of Automotive Repairers (SAAR) has
established a scholarship to encourage students to enter and continue
in the Auto Body trade and achieve journeyperson status.
The scholarship is available to students entered into the Kelsey
Campus Auto Body Technician program and apprentices offering,
delivered at the SIAST College
Selection is based on minimum average of 70% satisfactory performance
during industrial attachment. It will also include recommendation
from program instructors based on class participation, attendance,
performance, co-operation and interest in the trade. There are
two $500 awards for the 2003-2004 academic year. There is no application
The award will be disbursed at the SIAST Kelsey Campus Spring
For more information please contact SAAR Executive Director John
(306)220-6774 or e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org
POSE HAZARDS TO AUTOBODY TECHNICIANS
you are suffering from coughing, chest tightness, fever and fatigue,
it may not be a cold. It could be a reaction to highly reactive
chemicals found in the hardener of two-part paints and primers called
Silbernagel, body shop specialist, and James Ferstl, safety specialist,
of Ackland Grainger delved into this issue during a safety seminar
at the Saskatchewan Association of Automotive Repairers' annual
spring conference in Moose Jaw.
a worker has been exposed, further contact with isocyanates will
cause asthma-like reactions. Direct skin contact may cause rashes,
blistering and reddening of the skin. Exposure to the eyes can cause
irritation and temporary blurred vision and may even damage the
why all spraying of isocyanate paints must be done in a commercial
or engineered paint booth or one that is acceptable to the local
fire authority, said Silbernagel. The painter must also wear an
primers contain less isocyanate than paints, they must be applied
in a paint booth unless there is a separate shop area, which meets
Saskatchewan Labour standards. Paint mixing areas must have sufficient
ventilation to prevent the build-up of airborne solvent.
air-supplied respirator is not necessary; however, a face shield
should be worn if there is a risk of splashing paint in the eyes.
A cartridge-type respirator with organic vapour cartridges can be
worn to reduce the amount of paint solvent breathed, and gloves
should be worn to prevent skin contact.
cleaning spray guns by passing solvent through the gun under pressure,
air supplied respirators must be worn since unreacted isocyanate
may be released into the work environment. Workers must also wear
air-supplied respirators when spraying paints and primers containing
isocyanates. Other types of respirators do not provide adequate
protection for workers spraying isocyanate paints and primers,"
supplied respirators must be approved by the National Institute
for Occupational Safety and Health, the U.S. agency responsible
for conducting research and making recommendations for the prevention
of work-related disease and injury.
air for the painter's air-supplied respirator must be clean. A non-oil
type electrical compressor specifically designed for providing breathing
air is the best choice. Compressed shop air may be used if filters
are provided to remove water, oil and the breakdown products of
compressor must be kept in good repair. The compressor must not
be overheated because it will cause carbon monoxide to be produced.
Only clear air can be used to feed the compressor. The source of
the air must be distant from vehicle exhaust to avoid unacceptable
carbon monoxide levels in the air breathed by the painter.
breathing air must be supplied to respirators with tight-fitting
face pieces at a rate of at least 115 litres per minute (four cubic
feet per minute), and of at least 170 litres per minute (six cfm)
to respirators with loose fitting face pieces," said Silbernagel.
air supply rate should not exceed 425 litres per minute (15 cfm)."
The airline feeding the spray gun may be split to also feed the
supplied air respirator as long as the air is filtered and supplied
at the prescribed flow rate.
coveralls and synthetic rubber of PVC gloves are also required when
spraying isocyanate paints and primers.
Pat Rediger. This story originally appeared in the Spring 2002 issue
of Collision Quarterly magazine
gets initial A- rating
agency A.M. Best has assigned an initial financial strength rating
of A- (excellent) to Saskatchewan¹s public insurer, Saskatchewan
Government Insurance Canada (SGI Canada). A rating of B+ (very good)
has also been given to SGI Canada Insurance Services Ltd. and The
Insurance Company of Prince Edward Island, of which SGI is the majority
owner. The rating of Ontario-based Coachman Insurance Company, purchased
by SGI last summer, has been upgraded to B+ (very good).
The rating is based on SGI¹s "dominant market position"
as the province¹s public insurer, writing mandatory auto coverage
as well as optional personal and commercial policies. It also reflects
the company¹s "consistently favorable operating performance",
and the support of Saskatchewan¹s Crown Investment Corporation,
parent of the government insurer.
"SGI Canada has demonstrated consistent profitability, disciplined
underwriting and effective claims management," states an A.M.
Best release. "Its strong position in Saskatchewan provides
SGI Canada with significant pricing flexibility."
The rating also refers to the economies of scale afforded SGI by
"the synergies between the Auto Fund (mandatory auto insurance
product) and the competitive activities of the company".
Offsetting the rating are challenges faced by SGI in operating these
out-of-province subsidiaries. "While A.M. Best views SGI Canada's
efforts to diversify its business favorably, the subsidiaries are,
at present, small and operate in difficult markets," the release
"The ratings for the three subsidiaries reflect the disparity
that exists between SGI Canada's strength in its home province and
the very difficult market conditions and adverse operating results
that challenge the subsidiaries in Ontario and Prince Edward Island."
At the same time, those ratings also take into account the support
provided by SGI Canada to its subsidiary operations in terms of
capital, investment management, reinsurance buying power, systems
Courtesy of canadianunderwriter.ca
to offer driver discount and new fines
public insurer says it will offer a discount to drivers with good
track records, and punish those with driving offenses, starting
in July of this year.
Saskatchewan Government Insurance (SGI) says the discount program
will total about $16 million in discounts in its first year. Set
to launch in July to follow the passage of the amended Automobile
Insurance Act, the program should apply to about 2 out of 3 vehicle
owners in the province, or 350,000 people. The discount will reach
a limit of 7% for each driver.
A rating scale will be used, on which drivers will be graded based
on their driving record since 1995. So far, SGI reports that an
estimated 55% of drivers will receive discounts of 5% or more.
The program also includes fines for drivers with at-fault accidents,
certain traffic convictions and traffic-related Criminal Code convictions,
such as impaired driving. While drivers will not be fined based
on past offenses, they will also not receive any discount when the
program takes effect. New fines will be charged in place of driver's
license surcharges, and will be charged immediately.
"For a number of years, SGI customers have been asking for
a discount on vehicle insurance, and we're happy to be in a financial
position to allow us to provide those discounts now," says
Crown Investments Corporation Minister Maynard Sonntag.
That is because last year the public insurer was able to erase its
"auto fund" deficit. At one time, the deficit in the "rate
stabilization reserve" had reached $127.9, but last year an
$18.8 million surplus was achieved.(courtesy of Canadian Underwriter)
ASSOCIATION PROMOTES ITSELF
past May, the Saskatoon Auto Body Association (SABA) participated
in a tri-province career fair hosting over 3000 First Nations student
from Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba.
career fair was held at the local Saskatoon Exhibition Trade and
Conference Center. Over 100 trades and professions had show booths
to promote their particular occupation ranging from hair styling
to the police service.
Crittenden, president of SABA, organized a number of shops from
the city to provide volunteers to man the auto body booth each day.
The local Saskatchewan Government Insurance salvage division donated
a wrecked 1990 Ford Tempo to be used in the display. The car was
set up as if on a frame machine, all gauged and measured. Several
of the panels were removed so the students could see the inner workings
of the car.
action is directly in response to concerns that the industry is
not doing enough to promote itself. Crittenden stated that "the
industry has so much to offer young people, they can actually earn
while they learn." SABA plans to make the car display available
to the provincial autobody association (SAAR) to be used in other
cities throughout Saskatchewan.
Proposed changes in Saskatchewan's auto insurance
system recognize that provincial consumers want more choice and
a reward program for safe driving, says Larry Fogg, president of
Saskatchewan General Insurance.
Consumer feedback earlier this year prompted the changes, which
include the choice between no-fault and tort products, improved
no-fault injury insurance and a safe driving reward program.
the end of next year, drivers will be able to opt out of the current
no-fault Personal Injury Protection Plan and purchase a tort policy
that SGI calls "alternative injury coverage". This option includes
less extensive injury benefits but the ability to sue for pain and
suffering, subject to a $5000 deductible, where there is an at-fault
party. Premiums for both no-fault and tort coverage will initially
be the same, but Fogg says that could change after SGI examines
the claims experience.
"It really depends on how many people opt-out of no-fault", he says
" If it's 40 per cent, we should have good claims data after one
year. If it's five per cent, it will take longer to adjust rates.
SGI recently announced increased medical and rehabilitation benefits
to $5 million and increased permanent impairment benefits to $175,000.
A reward program for safe drivers will also come into effect July
1, with 90% of drivers eligible for discounts. (courtesy Canadian