RCC joins industry in joint letter with Canadian, U.S. business associations to call for immediate action to open Ambassador Bridge - Retail Council of Canada
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RCC joins industry in joint letter with Canadian, U.S. business associations to call for immediate action to open Ambassador Bridge

February 9, 2022

(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

Ajax-Pickering Board of Trade

Amherstburg Chamber of Commerce

Association québécoise de l’industrie du cannabis

Beer Canada

Burlington Chamber of Commerce

Canada – U.S. Business Association

Canada’s Accredited Zoos and Aquariums

Canadian Agri-Food Trade Alliance

Canadian Airports Council

Canadian American Border Trade Alliance

Canadian Association of Importers and Exporters

Canadian Automobile Dealers Association

Canadian Chamber of Commerce

Canadian Federation of Independent Grocers

Canadian Food Exporters Association

Canadian Meat Council

Canadian Produce Marketing Association

Canadian Rental Association

Canadian Society of Customs Brokers

Canadian Steel Producers Association

Canadian Toy Association

Chatham-Kent Chamber of Commerce

Chemistry Industry Association of Canada

CropLife Canada

Detroit Chamber of Commerce

Electro Federation Canada

Federally Regulated Employers – Transportation and Communications

Food, Health & Consumer Products of Canada

Forest Products Association of Canada

Freight Management Association of Canada

Global Automakers of Canada

Greater Niagara Chamber of Commerce

Greater Oshawa Chamber of Commerce

Greater Sudbury Chamber of Commerce

Guelph Chamber of Commerce

Halton Hills Chamber of Commerce

Hamilton Chamber Of Commerce

Hearth, Patio & Barbecue Association of Canada

Heating, Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Institute of Canada

Institute of Canadian Agencies

Leamington District Chamber of Commerce

Lincoln Chamber of Commerce

Lindsay + District Chamber of Commerce

London Chamber of Commerce

Medtech Canada

Milton Chamber of Commerce

Mississauga Board of Trade

Niagara-on-the-Lake Chamber of Commerce

North American Strategy for Competitiveness, Inc.

Ontario Chamber of Commerce

Ottawa Board of Trade

Port Colborne-Wainfleet Chamber of Commerce

Quinte West Chamber of Commerce

Retail Council of Canada

Sault Ste. Marie Chamber of Commerce

Simcoe and District Chamber of Commerce

St. Thomas & District Chamber of Commerce

The Barrie Chamber of Commerce

The Brampton Board of Trade

The Chamber of Commerce Niagara Falls, Canada

The Greater Fort Erie Chamber of Commerce

Toronto Region Board of Trade

Wasaga Beach 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 CanadaWoodstock District Chamber of Commerce