CAA Manitoba is merging with another branch from the Toronto area.
They will join forces with CAA South Central Ontario.
That includes the Greater Toronto Area and several other communities.
CAA Manitoba President Mike Mager says it’s just a smart business move in today’s climate.
He says having access to a much bigger club’s systems will help them as they start a transition here.
“We have the need to build a new computer system, we’re talking a very large system, complicated, going to cost millions of dollars and take up a lot of people’s time,” he says. ” They are in the process of doing that already. So we basically just take that and plug it in.”
Mager says there are currently about 200,000 CAA Manitoba members, compared to roughly 2,000,000 in the Toronto area club. He says access to a powerful branch like that will save them some money that can be passed along to you, the customer.
“Their fees are lower than ours, so immediately when this comes together, there will be an immediate dues reduction for our members.”
He couldn’t say exactly how much you would pay.
Mager says there are other benefits for members. For example, you won’t have to wait as long on hold when you call for help.
“We can get very, very cold days here and we get to the point where everything gets full up and you can’t get through. Now we have the ability to literally patch over to the Toronto system and they can take calls for us and get our trucks out.”
Mager says the merger is not official yet but is expected to go through in September.
He says the hope is there will not need to be any staffing changes here locally, with everyone keeping their jobs.