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Chamber Welcomes Consideration of Border Progress by Canada

The North Country Chamber of Commerce is welcoming news reports and private indications that the Canadian Government is actively considering allowing the Arrive CAN app and other pandemic-related border crossing restrictions to expire at the end of the month.

"We have continued to encourage our Canadian friends to drop the app as a border crossing mandate, in concert with a growing number of organizations and officials in both countries, and are pleased such a move is now under active review," says Garry Douglas, Chamber President. "While car counts at Champlain reached 70% of 2019 levels this past summer, they only reached 50% in most other areas and there is no question that mandated use of the app is a large factor while providing little benefit in exchange for lost travel. More and more Canadians and Canadian M.P.'s have been calling for its demise and it seems the grassroots effort is being heard."

Adds Douglas, "A key goal of both countries must be to restore back and forth travel to previous levels, not only for economic reasons but because it is the bedrock of the entire U.S.-Canada special relationship. The abandonment of remaining border crossing mandates and restrictions would be in time for us to again connect for the upcoming holidays and to look forward to a 2023 that will get us fully back together."

Douglas thanks U.S. and Canadian partners who have advocated strongly for abandonment of ArriveCAN including Congresswoman Elise Stefanik and Congressman Brian Higgins and Senators Charles Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand, as well as the Canadian American Business Council.

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