Media Releases Feb 08, 2022

Canadian, U.S. business associations call for immediate action to open Ambassador Bridge


(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 Hearth, Patio & Barbecue Association of Canada
Ajax-Pickering Board of Trade Heating, Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Institute of Canada
Amherstburg Chamber of CommerceHuron Chamber of Commerce – Goderich, Central and North Huron
Associated Equipment DistributorsIngersoll District Chamber of Commerce
Association of Home Appliance ManufacturersInstitute of Canadian Agencies
Association québécoise de l’industrie du cannabisKenora & District Chamber of Commerce
Beer Canada Leamington District Chamber of Commerce
Brampton Board of Trade
Brock Board of Trade
Lincoln Chamber of Commerce
Burlington Chamber of CommerceLindsay + District Chamber of Commerce
Cambridge Chamber of CommerceLondon Chamber of Commerce
Canada – U.S. Business AssociationMadoc & District Chamber of Commerce
Canada’s Accredited Zoos and AquariumsMedtech Canada
Canadian Agri-Food Trade Alliance Milton Chamber of Commerce
Canadian Airports CouncilMississauga Board of Trade
Muskoka Lakes Chamber of Commerce
Canadian American Border Trade AllianceNiagara-on-the-Lake Chamber of Commerce
Canadian Association of Importers and ExportersNorth American Strategy for Competitiveness, Inc.
Canadian Automobile Dealers Association Ontario Chamber of Commerce
Canadian Chamber of CommerceOttawa Board of Trade
Canadian Federation of Independent Grocers Paris & District Chamber of Commerce
Canadian Food Exporters AssociationPort Colborne-Wainfleet Chamber of Commerce
Canadian International Freight Forwarders AssociationPrivate Motor Truck Council of Canada
Canadian Meat CouncilQuinte West Chamber of Commerce
Canadian Produce Marketing Association Ramara Chamber of Commerce
Canadian Rental Association Regroupement des gens d’affaires de la Capitale nationale
Canadian Society of Customs BrokersResponsible Distribution Canada
Canadian Steel Producers AssociationRetail Council of Canada
Canadian Toy Association
Centre Willington Chamber of Commerce
Sarnia Lambton Chamber of Commerce
Chamber of Commerce Brantford-BrantSault Ste. Marie Chamber of Commerce
Chatham-Kent Chamber of CommerceSimcoe and District Chamber of Commerce
Chemistry Industry Association of Canada
Cochrane Board of Trade
St. Thomas & District Chamber of Commerce
CropLife Canada Stratford & District Chamber of Commerce
Detroit Regional Chamber Strathroy & District Chamber of Commerce
Electro Federation CanadaThe Barrie Chamber of Commerce
Federally Regulated Employers – Transportation and CommunicationsThe Chamber of Commerce Niagara Falls, Canada
Food, Health & Consumer Products of CanadaThe Greater Fort Erie Chamber of Commerce
Forest Products Association of CanadaThe Whitchurch-Stouffville Chamber of Commerce
Freight Management Association of CanadaThunder Bay Chamber of Commerce
Georgina Chamber of Commerce Tillsonburg District Chamber of Commerce
Global Automakers of Canada
Greater Kingston Chamber of Commerce
Timmins Chamber of Commerce
Greater Kitchener Waterloo Chamber of CommerceToronto Region Board of Trade
Greater Niagara Chamber of CommerceWasaga Beach Chamber of Commerce
Greater Oshawa Chamber of CommerceWelland/Pelham Chamber of Commerce
Greater Oshawa Chamber of Commerce West Nipissing Chamber of Commerce
Greater Sudbury Chamber of CommerceWhitby Chamber of Commerce
Guelph Chamber of Commerce Windsor-Essex Regional Chamber of Commerce
Halton Hills Chamber of CommerceWine Growers Canada
Hamilton Chamber Of CommerceWoodstock District Chamber of Commerce

Contact
Phil Taylor
Canadian Chamber of Commerce
E-mail: ptaylor@chamber.ca (fastest response time)