Fix Auto Endorses AIA Canada’s Shop Accreditation Program

Fix Auto Canada lends exclusive support to AIA’s Canadian Collision Industry Accreditation Program (CCIAP).

MONTREAL (Quebec) – October 20, 2016 – Fix Auto Canada President and CEO Steve Leal and AIA Canada President Jean-François Champagne announce Fix Auto’s corporate commitment to the new Canadian Collision Industry Accreditation Program (CCIAP).

As positioned by CCIAP Program Director Andrew Shepherd at CCIF Vancouver on October 1st 2016, the CCIAP’s mission is to “drive excellence in collision repair by accrediting Canadian collision repair facilities against industry standards”. CCIAP represents a unique Canadian solution to auto manufacturer, insurer and public needs for quality assurance in collision repair. This program establishes core shop standards for equipment, training, procedures and general business requirements. This standard matches those developed by the vast majority of Canadian OEs.

At CCIF Vancouver, Leal reiterated that “this new program is well situated – it lets our industry stakeholders shape the future of our industry. We at Fix Auto are convinced that AIA Canada, the organization that operates I-CAR Canada, the leading training for Canadian collision repair shops, is the right partner to deliver this service. We strongly encourage our network to participate in this Canadian-made solution.”

AIA President Jean-François Champagne noted that “AIA is a not-for-profit agency with a great track record serving Canadian collision repairers”.  Champagne adds that Fix Auto’s corporate commitment represents “a very positive industry signal that a national solution is best for the industry”, adding – “we are here for all of our partners.”

AIA Canada has confirmed that every effort will be made to synchronize national and provincial shop accreditation/certification programs to minimize cost and effort for repairers. Fix Auto franchisees are encouraged to register to the CCIAP now, as the program became available online on October 18.

Information on the Canadian Collision Industry Accreditation Program (CCIAP), as well as the online application process, can be found at www.cciap.ca.

ABOUT AIA CANADA

AIA is a national trade association representing the automotive aftermarket industry in Canada. The aftermarket is an $18.49 billion industry that employs more than 420,200 people. The industry is composed of companies that manufacture, distribute and install automotive replacement parts, accessories, tools, and equipment.  AIA’s mandate is to promote, educate and represent members in all areas that impact the growth and prosperity of the industry.

ABOUT FIX AUTO

Fix Auto is the number one consumer brand in collision repair, and the largest single branded network in Canada, with over 240 locations across the country. Owned and operated locally, each Fix Auto centre offers hassle-free care and services that return vehicles to their pre-collision luster and performance. Our company and our network continue to grow nationally and globally, thanks to a solid foundation based on entrepreneurship and innovation. With more than 440 locations around the world, Fix Auto is the global body shop network.

FIX AUTO INQUIRIES
Steve Leal
President & CEO
Fix Auto Canada
sleal@fixauto.com

FIX AUTO MEDIA CONTACT
Stephanie Corrente
Communications and PR Manager
Fix Auto Canada
scorrente@fixauto.com

AIA CANADA INQUIRIES
Andrew Shepherd
Senior Director, Industry Programs
AIA CANADA
andrew.shepherd@aiacanada.com

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Luciana Nechita
Director, Public Relations
AIA CANADA
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