Canadian manufacturers and exporters disappointed by government border announcement

OTTAWA, ON, June 10, 2021 / CNW / – Today the federal government released details of from Canada plan to reopen the borders. While Canadian Manufacturers & Exporters (CME) supports the initial steps the government plans to take, the pace is too slow and the details provided did not address the main challenges for manufacturers at the border. CME calls on the government to remove all restrictions for workers in the manufacturing sector.

Canadian manufacturing companies are highly integrated and part of complex North American supply chains. Workers must cross the Canada– American border frequently in order to operate at full capacity. While some essential manufacturing travel was permitted during COVID-19, business travel has been drastically reduced, which has had a serious impact on Canadian industry.

“Even with exemptions, the industry has continually faced inconsistent applications of the rules and quarantine exemptions are not respected when workers arrive at the border,” said Dennis darby, President and CEO of CME.

Today’s announcement does not address any of these issues and CME is calling on the government to provide details as soon as possible. The CME urges that the following elements be included in from Canada plan:

  1. That the travel exemptions for essential workers in current critical infrastructure for quarantine and no hotel stay, regardless of vaccination status, be maintained
  2. That the list of essential worker occupations and reasons for travel be extended to include all types of business travel
  3. That multiple testing requirements for fully immunized essential workers be dropped

CME calls on the federal government to include these essential elements to ensure that the manufacturing sector and all essential workers do not lose critical border crossing exemptions in any future reopening plan.

Fast facts

  • The manufacturing sector represents more than 10% of from Canada gross domestic product.
  • Manufacturers directly support more than 1.7 million jobs in Canada.
  • Total manufacturing sales in 2019 exceeded $ 685 billion.

SOURCE Canadian Manufacturers and Exporters

For more information: Jérémy Ghio, [email protected], 438-407-3029

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