STATEMENT: Canadian, US business associations call for immediate action to open Ambassador Bridge

Mississauga Board of Trade
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February 8, 2022


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(OTTAWA) – February 8, 2022 – The below listed business associations issued the following statement regarding the closing of the Ambassador Bridge today amid protesting blockades.

“Business associations on both sides of the border are calling for a swift and immediate clearing of the Windsor-Detroit Ambassador Bridge blockade and a timely re-opening of the bridge. The group also urges the federal, provincial, state, and local governments to work collaboratively to deliver rapid solutions to the illegal blockages of traffic, which now include the Ambassador Bridge and the crossing between Coutts, Alberta and Sweet Grass, Montana.

The Ambassador Bridge is the busiest trade crossing in North America and a vital enabler of our two economies. Given the importance of ensuring that the supply of food, medical products and industrial goods can continue, the disruption at the Ambassador Bridge is an attack on the well-being of our citizens and the businesses that employ them.

As our economies emerge from the impacts of the pandemic, we cannot allow any group to undermine the cross-border trade that supports families on both sides of the border.

We stand ready to provide whatever assistance may be required to expedite a speedy re-opening of the Ambassador Bridge.”

1000 Islands Gananoque Chamber of Commerce  Greater Oshawa Chamber of Commerce
Ajax-Pickering Board of Trade Greater Sudbury Chamber of Commerce
Amherstburg Chamber of Commerce Guelph Chamber of Commerce
Associated Equipment Distributors Halton Hills Chamber of Commerce
Association of Home Appliance Manufacturers Hamilton Chamber Of Commerce
Association québécoise de l’industrie du cannabis Hearth, Patio & Barbecue Association of Canada
Beer Canada
Brampton Board of Trade
Heating, Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Institute of Canada
Burlington Chamber of Commerce Institute of Canadian Agencies
Canada – U.S. Business Association Leamington District Chamber of Commerce
Canada’s Accredited Zoos and Aquariums Kenora & District Chamber of Commerce
Canadian Agri-Food Trade Alliance Lincoln Chamber of Commerce
Canadian Airports Council Lindsay + District Chamber of Commerce
Canadian American Border Trade Alliance London Chamber of Commerce
Canadian Association of Importers and Exporters Madoc & District Chamber of Commerce
Canadian Automobile Dealers Association Medtech Canada
Canadian Chamber of Commerce Milton Chamber of Commerce
Canadian Federation of Independent Grocers

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Canadian Food Exporters Association Canadian International Freight Forwarders Association Niagara-on-the-Lake Chamber of Commerce
Canadian Meat Council North American Strategy for Competitiveness, Inc.
Canadian Produce Marketing Association Ontario Chamber of Commerce
Canadian Rental Association Ottawa Board of Trade
Canadian Society of Customs Brokers Port Colborne-Wainfleet Chamber of Commerce
Canadian Steel Producers Association Private Motor Truck Council of Canada
Canadian Toy Association Quinte West Chamber of Commerce
Chatham-Kent Chamber of Commerce Regroupement des gens d’affaires de la Capitale nationale
Chemistry Industry Association of Canada Responsible Distribution Canada
CropLife Canada Retail Council of Canada
Detroit Regional Chamber Sault Ste. Marie Chamber of Commerce
Electro Federation Canada Simcoe and District Chamber of Commerce
Federally Regulated Employers – Transportation and Communications St. Thomas & District Chamber of Commerce
Food, Health & Consumer Products of Canada The Barrie Chamber of Commerce
Forest Products Association of Canada The Chamber of Commerce Niagara Falls, Canada
Freight Management Association of Canada The Greater Fort Erie Chamber of Commerce
Georgina Chamber of Commerce Toronto Region Board of Trade
Global Automakers of Canada Wasaga Beach Chamber of Commerce
Greater Niagara Chamber of Commerce Welland/Pelham Chamber of Commerce
  West Nipissing Chamber of Commerce
  The Whitchurch-Stouffville Chamber of Commerce
  Windsor-Essex Regional Chamber of Commerce
  Wine Growers Canada
  Woodstock District Chamber of Commerce
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