Canada’s relaxed COVID border measures won’t solve all of auto’s problems

Greg Layson, Automotive News Canada June 28, 2021 Starting July 5, quarantine requirements will be lifted for travellers fully vaccinated with a Health Canada-authorized vaccine. The change “in and of itself, solves all of our problems when it comes to Canadian nationals who need to travel for business,” said Automotive Parts Manufacturers’ Association President Flavio […]

Windsor assembly plant shutdown shows need for made in Canada solution

Zander Broeckel, AM800’s The Afternoon News May 12, 2021 The president of the Automotive Parts Manufactures Association says the supply chain issue caused by the pandemic has hit all auto makers hard with many halting or scaling back production for the past few months as they wait for chips to arrive from China. Read article […]

Ottawa mulls exempting auto workers from Canada-U.S. border shutdown

The Canadian Press April 8, 2021 Foreign Affairs Minister Marc Garneau says Ottawa is looking at expanding the categories of essential workers allowed to travel across the Canada-U.S. border. “This is good news. It’s important,” Flavio Volpe, head of the Automotive Parts Manufacturers’ Association, said of the government’s decision to at least look at making […]

Manufacturing workers in Ontario COVID-19 hot spots to get vaccinated

Greg Layson, Automotive News Canada April 7, 2021 Some of Ontario’s auto sector will get a vaccine sooner rather than later, and that pleases Flavio Volpe and the APMA. Ontario will vaccinate workers in “hot spots” — areas most affected by COVID-19. Read the full piece here.

Pandemic rules are choking the industry

Greg Layson, Automotive News Canada March 29, 2021 Ontario, the country’s biggest retail market and home to all auto assembly and the vast majority of suppliers, has been locked down twice and remains under the threat of a third. Flavio Volpe said a widening gap in vaccination rates between Canada and the United States could […]

Special Interview with Flavio Volpe of APMA

Jon Liedtke, Rose City Politics March 20, 2021 In this special interview, Jon chats with Auto Parts Manufacturer’s Association President Flavio Volpe about the industry’s COVID-19 response, Project Arrow and its Windsor connections. Listen to the special interview here.

The Canada-U.S. border’s been shut down for a year — and there’s no reopening plan

Alexander Panetta, CBC News March 15, 2021 One-year anniversary of travel restrictions is coming with no sign of a road map for returning to normal. Flavio Volpe of Canada’s Automotive Parts Manufacturers’ Association said repeated attempts to get Public Safety Minister Bill Blair to talk went unanswered, as did a letter sent five months ago. […]