The Canadian Collision Industry Forum’s (CCIF) origins can be traced back to a meeting facilitated by the Automotive Industries Association’s Paint, Body & Equipment Council in September 1998. It was attended by collision repairers, insurers, suppliers, trainers, trade associations and service providers from across the country. Three critical issues that needed addressing on a long term, strategic basis were identified: attracting and retaining staff, education and training, and industry image. At this September 1998 meeting, it was felt that a national voice and a catalyst for change were necessary in order to address the critical issues. It was decided to create a forum that would facilitate debate on the issues and provide an opportunity for all industry stakeholders from across the country to become involved.
The first CCIF meeting was held in Edmonton in 1999. Since its first meeting, CCIF has been drawing an increasing number of stakeholders to voice their opinions, to learn from each other and to actively participate in debates and discussions on key industry priority topics.
CCIF management shifted to AIA Canada on January 1st, 2014. This shift introduced the next phase of CCIF – where participants determine the key industry initiatives to focus on, and AIA Canada helps the industry to take action and create shared, sustainable, positive change.