Ottawa, Ontario – A new voluntary national agreement between automakers and independent repair shops will make information, tooling and training available to facilities other than authorized manufacturers’ dealerships.

The Canadian Automotive Service Information Standard (CASIS) will allow automotive repair facilities in Canada to access auto manufacturers’ service and repair information, and provide access to tooling and training information. Under the agreement, all automakers must have the information made available no later than May 2010.

“We are pleased to enter into this voluntary national agreement with Canada’s automotive OEMs on behalf of Canada’s service and repair industry,” said Dale Finch, executive vice-president of the National Automotive Trades Association. “This agreement ensures that all auto manufacturers will provide access to service and repair information which will increase competition in Canada’s service and repair industry for the benefit of Canadian consumers.”

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