The leading advocate for independent automotive service professionals.  

A message from President, Diane Freeman

New and exciting year for AARO

Ministry has announced big changes to the MVIS Program for Safety Certification and Emissions Inspections.   

The ministry has been modernizing the MVIS Inspection program since 2016 and the next phase is now happening.  This new inspection program will address fraudulent safeties by having the program move to a contractual model with a digital platform.
The proposed changes will simplify the light-duty and passenger vehicle registration process when an SSC or SIC is required. The safety requirements that form the inspection will remain in keeping with current requirements.
The ministry will integrate the heavy diesel vehicle emission inspections into the annual commercial vehicle safety inspections. Inspection criteria will continue to align to standards in the National Safety Code 11, part B along with the inclusion of the Ontario emission inspection requirements. Successful completion of the inspection will be required and will be digitally uploaded to support the registration or renewal of licence plate transactions. Integrating the commercial vehicle safety and emission inspection processes will create “one test, one result”, streamlining requirements. Stations interested in providing inspection services will have an opportunity to enter into a contractual service agreement with the ministry.
In early 2022, stations currently providing emission inspections will need to enter into a service agreement to join the new program. MVIS offering safety inspections will be able to join the new program in late 2022 and throughout 2023.

The NEW Vehicle Inspection Program
The Motor Vehicle Inspection Station (MVIS) program will be a contractual model. The Vehicle Inspection Program will transition to a multi-year contract between the ministry and service stations/garages offering Emission Inspection Certificates, Safety Standard Certificates (SSC), Periodic Mandatory Commercial Vehicle Inspection (PMCVI) Certificates and Structural Inspection Certificates (SIC). Inspection results will be collected, and the certificate issued in a digital format, streamlining the process and providing more robust safety inspection data.
At this time, safety inspection standards will not undergo significant changes to components being inspected or the pass criteria, however, key changes to the delivery of the program are being proposed, including:
• Establishing the inspection requirements through a Directive to stations offering inspections that will form part of the contractual agreement between the station and ministry,
• A requirement to have a valid PMCVI inspection result to obtain Commercial Motor Vehicle (CMV) plate renewals, and
• Integration of emission inspections into the annual safety inspection for diesel CMVs. The proposed changes will simplify the light-duty and passenger vehicle registration
MTO is proposing to implement changes to the Highway Traffic Act (HTA) to support the new Vehicle Inspection Program. Details can be found here.


Let’s Get Back to the Future!
As people and businesses emerge from this global timeout, the Automotive Aftermarket Retailers of Ontario (AARO) is focused on ensuring that the aftermarket service and repair industry is ready to “Get Back to the Future”.
Over the summer, your AARO Team has been working hard planning the upcoming Symposium, Trade Show and Lindertech training being held September 21-24, 2022 at the Hilton Meadowvale Hotel.
This four day, in-person event has something for everyone in the automotive aftermarket business including high level technical training, business management training, a trade show with leading aftermarket suppliers and includes educational sessions throughout the day.  Of course, we also recognized the value of networking and have included time for attendees to network to reconnect with their colleagues in the industry or to build new relationships.
Just a reminder, if you are planning on attending and require a hotel room, a special rate of $179 has been negotiated with the Hilton Meadowvale on your behalf.  To reserve a room, call 905-821-1981 and use Booking Code SRP – AARO22 or online at:

Please note that complimentary parking at the hotel will be available to all AARO attendees.

We look forward to seeing AARO members join us for this exciting new in-person event!
Click here for the full brochure and to register online or contact Patty Kettles, Manager of Events and Programs at


AARO Welcomes New Member – Auto Tec Careers Inc.

Auto Tec Careers is a job search website site designed specifically for independent automotive service providers. It provides business owners with a reliable network where they can find and recruit qualified personnel.
The company was founded by Donald Millette.  Mr. Millette is a sales representative in the fields of automotive aftermarket service and aftermarket parts distribution. During his 30 years as sales rep, Don acquired a wealth of knowledge with regard to service providers and the requirements for their business. He has large network of customer / business owners that require skilled professional technicians and support staff for their operations.
Over the last few years, he noticed that his customers were requesting his help to find employees — in fact, he says he gets at least one request every single day! Don founded the new job search company “Auto Tec Careers” a job search web site exclusively designed and dedicated to assist service providers find the skilled personnel they require to operate their businesses successfully.
The goal of Auto Tec Careers is to provide solutions to the challenges facing business owners regarding the availability of qualified personnel in the aftermarket industry.
For more information, visit


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AARO Members are Invited to Participate in the
ShopPros Conference & Trade Show

ShopPros will also be hosting a full-day of in-person learning, discussion and networking on September 15th at the Hilton Mississauga/ Meadowvale Hotel open to Shop Owners and Managers.
Registration deadline for this event is September 2nd.
Click here to register.











AARO Event Sponsors and Partners. 
In 2022, AARO developed a new Partnership/Sponsorship Program.  We would like to take this opportunity to recognize and thank these leading aftermarket companies who joined our program.  We very much appreciate your continued support of the aftermarket industry!
If your company is interested in becoming an AARO Partner or Event Sponsor, please contact Patty Kettles, Manager of Events and Programs at

Welcome New Members!

Mr. Steve Gushie
Mr. Greg Aguilera
Ms. J. Candito & Mr. R. Silvestre
Ms. Amber Wright
Mr. Mike Kidd
Messrs. P. Donofrio & M. Kamer
Mr. Joe Sforza
Mr. Rahul Jain
Mr. Robert Engelage
Mr. Tony Kuczynski
Mr. Jason Orton
Mr. Ron Vanleeuwen
Mr. Don Millette
Mr. Domenic Lancia
Mr. Dave Scott-Thomas
Mr. Rob Nurse
Mr. Rob Campbell
Mr. Mike Josling
Mr. Dave Halls
Carquest Canada Ltd.
International Auto Consulting Ltd.
Master Mechanic High Park
XL Diesel Repair
Canadian Truck Warranty
Active Green + Ross #1151
Active Green + Ross 149
In Tune Auto
Mister Transmission
Mister Transmission Toronto #007
Ron’s Auto Service
Auto Tec Careers
Astro Automotive Machine
Refrigerant Hunters
Bob Nurse Motors
Environmental Motorworks Inc.
MJ’z Garage
Amaranth Auto Service
North York
Richmond Hill
North York