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COVID-19: Re-opening the Canada—US Border

Tue, Jun 15, 2021

Since March 2020 as COVID-19 swept across North America, the longest undefended border in the world has been closed to all but non-essential travel. Border cities have really felt the effect of the closure, which dramatically reduced business.

Is now the time to open the border up?

14 months and counting, the Canada US border has been closed to non-essential travel. Travel is down 80 percent between the two countries since the pandemic began. The tourism industry on both sides of the border have been devastated by the closure and they’re looking for a clear path to re-open.

For many people on both sides of the border, the confusion as to who can cross and why has been unclear. Americans with seasonal homes in Canada can’t come across to their property. Yet, there are some Canadians who ignored the restrictions and flew to the US to get vaccinated.

Listen to the Unpublished Cafe podcast on this issue with Ed Hand. Read the articles, and then cast your vote and email your MP to tell them why you think what you do… Only at! 

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  • Beth Potter

    Beth Potter is the President and CEO of the Tourism Industry Association of Canada. She has a long and distinguished career in Canada’s tourism sector, including most recently serving as the President and CEO of the Tourism Industry Association of Ontario. She is a recognized leader with more than 30 years of experience in the not-for-profit and tourism industries.
  • Mark High

    Mark High is the President of the Canada US Business Association. It is a nonprofit, non-partisan, issues-oriented business association focused on issues affecting Canada and the United States. Established in Detroit, Michigan, our members are business leaders and stakeholders from both sides of the international border.
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