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CAA Manitoba and CAA South Central Ontario announce intention to merge

Thornhill, ON – As leading membership organizations, CAA Manitoba and CAA South Central Ontario (CAA SCO) are proud to announce their formal intention to merge.

“I am deeply honoured to express our intention to merge. This new partnership will be built on our greatest asset – our trusted brand,” said Mike Mager, President & CEO, CAA Manitoba. “By bringing together two successful CAA Clubs, both are better positioned to offer an even higher calibre array of products and services that are essential to our members’ safety and peace of mind.”

CAA SCO’s President & CEO, Jay Woo, agreed that the ability to work together to provide a superior member experience is exciting.

“Today marks a major milestone in our long and rich history. The combination of resources and expertise will deliver greater capabilities, innovations, and advocacy expertise to keep our members and their loved ones safe,” said Jay Woo, President & CEO, CAA SCO.

CAA Manitoba and CAA SCO remain committed to member safety and offering exceptional member service. The merger of these two organizations will enhance roadside assistance, travel, and insurance services in both Manitoba and Ontario. The two companies will also continue to operate under their current respective brands.

CAA Manitoba and CAA SCO intend that the proposed merger will occur on September 30, 2016, subject to member and regulatory approvals.

For over a hundred years, CAA has been helping Canadians stay mobile, safe and protected. CAA South Central Ontario is one of nine auto clubs across Canada providing roadside assistance, travel, insurance services and member savings for our 2 million members.

For further information:

Silvana Aceto

Media and PR Consultant

CAA SCO

sace@caasco.ca

Office: (905) 771-3194

Cell: (416) 209-4930

or

Jeff LeMoine

Communications Consultant

CAA SCO

jlem@caasco.ca

Office: (905) 771-4709

Cell: (416) 254-0641.

 

 

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Majority of Canadians optimistic low gas prices will continue in 2016: CAA survey

OTTAWA, ON – A majority of Canadians think current relatively low retail gas prices will continue through next year, Canadian Automobile Association (CAA) research reveals.

Only a third of Canadians (34%) believe gas prices will rise in 2016, while 56% say they will either stay the same or decline even further, the survey found.

The average retail price of gas in Canada is hovering around 98 cents a litre, down significantly from about $1.15 a litre at the same time last year, and down from roughly $1.20 a litre two years ago. Current and historical data on Canadian gas prices, by city, province and nationally, can be found at getgasprices.caa.ca.

The survey also found that the price of gas continues to be a big topic for Canadians, even if lower prices are the new normal. There has been only a marginal drop in the percentage of Canadians who say they pay attention to the price of gas – to 72% from 75%.

Finally, lower prices haven’t translated into more driving in the minds of Canadians. A solid majority – 63% - said they are driving about the same amount as before gas prices started to drop.

CAA also provides current prices at over 10,000 gas stations from coast to coast, updated several times a day, through our free app.

The results are based on a survey of 2,005 representative Canadians. A probability sample of the same size would yield a margin of error of ±2.2%, 19 times out of 20.

CAA is a federation of nine clubs providing over 6 million Members with exceptional emergency roadside service, complete automotive and travel services, member savings and comprehensive insurance services. CAA also advocates on issues of concern to its members, including road safety, the environment, mobility, infrastructure and consumer protection. Find more information online at www.caa.ca.

For further information, please contact:

Kayla FitzPatrick

Public Affairs Coordinator

CAA National

613-247-0117 ext. 2030

613-979-8723

kfitzpatrick@national.caa.ca

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AIT/FIA Carnet de passages en Douane Issuer for North America Appointed

CAA is pleased to announce the new issuing authority for the Alliance Internationale de Tourisme (AIT)/ Federation Internationale de l'Automobile (FIA) Carnet de passages en Douane (CPD) in North America.

AIT/FIA has appointed the Corporation for International Business (a.k.a.) Boomerang Carnets℠ based in Barrington, Illinois as its new Service Provider of CPD services for Canada and the U.S.. CPD processing and distribution services will be offered under the brand name Boomerang Carnets℠ to take on the task of administering the AIT/FIA Carnet program for AAA and CAA members as well as non-members in both the U.S. and Canada.

The Corporation for International Business' founding family has a history in the international trade and transportation industries dating back to the early 1900s. A long-time issuer of the commercial ATA Carnets, Boomerang Carnets℠ will use this experience to expand its portfolio to include the AIT/FIA Carnet de passages en Douane for tourism purposes.

Prospective AIT/FIA Carnet customers are invited to use the following contact information:

Boomerang Carnets℠ C/O

Corporation for International Business (CIB)

325 North Hough Street, 2nd Floor

Barrington, IL 60010 USA

 

Carnet HelpLine℠ 1-800-282-2900℠

Mobile Carnet HelpLine℠ 1-847-638-8325

Fax: 1-847-381-3857

 

The contact information form can also be used for enquiries located at:

http://www.atacarnet.com/contact-us or email us at carnets@atacarnet.com.

 

Current holders of existing CAA issued Carnets must, on their expiry, return them for discharge to:

CAA National Office

500-1545 Carling Avenue

Ottawa, Ontario, K1Z 8P9, Canada

 

Should a replacement Carnet be required, it must be requested from Boomerang Carnets℠.

CAA is a federation of nine clubs providing over 6 million Members with exceptional emergency roadside service, complete automotive and travel services, member savings and comprehensive insurance services. CAA also advocates on issues of concern to its members, including road safety, the environment, mobility, infrastructure and consumer protection.

 

For further information, please contact:

David Steventon

Senior Manager Standards, Accreditation & Automotive Services

CAA National Office

(613) 247-1007 ext 2015

dsteventon@national.caa.ca

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CAA and TIRF Release Community Road Safety Campaign Toolkit

OTTAWA, ON – The Canadian Automobile Association (CAA) and the Traffic Injury Research Foundation (TIRF) announced today the release of a community-based toolkit designed to help communities plan and execute road safety campaigns tailored to local issues.

The Community-based Toolkit for Road Safety Campaigns contains issue-specific information and tips related to campaign effectiveness, stakeholder engagement, campaign development, messaging, branding, social media, and evaluation. Additionally, the toolkit contains TIRF road safety campaign research and real-world examples of campaigns to help guide community groups.

“TIRF and CAA saw a real need to support community groups that want to make a difference but just may not have the time or resources to know how,” said Jeff Walker, CAA vice president of public affairs. “Through this research we can empower communities to create road safety campaigns that make a positive impact.”

TIRF worked with the Safer Roads Ottawa program to develop its local road safety campaign, then used the knowledge and information gained through the collaboration, including community feedback, to produce the national product.

TIRF plans to release an expanded version of the toolkit in 2016, which will include additional factsheets on a range of other road safety issues.

CAA is a federation of nine Clubs providing more than 6 million Members with exceptional emergency roadside service, complete automotive and travel services, member savings and comprehensive insurance services. CAA also advocates on issues of concern to its Members, including road safety, the environment, mobility, infrastructure and consumer protection.

TIRF is the Canadian source for international research related to the human causes and effects of road crashes, providing objective and scientific information to support the development, implementation and evaluation of road safety programs, effective advocacy and consultation.

For further comment or to book an interview, please contact:

 

Julia Kent

Manager, Public Affairs

613-240-9992

jkent@national.caa.ca

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CAA recognizes best in road safety journalism

AJAX, ON – The Canadian Automobile Association (CAA) is pleased to announce the winner of the 2015 CAA Road Safety Journalism Award, presented last night at the awards banquet of the Automotive Journalists Association of Canada.

CAA is pleased to sponsor the CAA Road Safety Journalism Award to draw attention to the importance of public service journalism on road safety, and to highlight the excellent work being done in the field.

Lorraine Sommerfeld won the 2015 award for a compelling article about a young woman whose life was irreversibly changed by an accident.

“This story brings home graphically the sometimes tragic consequences of not maintaining focus on safety when we drive,” said Ian Jack, CAA managing director of communications and government relations. “It tells, in a compelling fashion, the heart-wrenching story of a young woman who chose to put her feet up on the dash, only to be involved in a horrific crash from which she will never fully recover.”

Paul Ferriss received an honorable mention for his informative piece on in-car technology and the distractions that can accompany it.

“This excellent article takes us behind the world of beeping, chiming and vibrating that is the modern vehicle cockpit, to explore the dangerous cognitive distractions they can cause. It not only poses the question, ‘how much more can we take?’ but provides the best answers science can currently provide,” said Jack.

CAA is a federation of nine Clubs providing more than 6 million Members with exceptional emergency roadside service, complete automotive and travel services, member savings and comprehensive insurance services. CAA also advocates on issues of concern to its Members, including road safety, the environment, mobility, infrastructure and consumer protection.

For further comment or to book an interview, please contact:

Julia Kent

Manager, Public Affairs

613-240-9992

jkent@national.caa.ca

 

 

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