Development Corporation CEO Not Surprised to See Border Closure Extended

Wednesday, June 17, 2020

CKLW AM 800/Rob Hindi

The president and CEO of the Windsor-Essex Economic Development Corporation says the border closure extension for non-essential travel between Canada and the United States is not unexpected.

Stephen MacKenzie believes the approach taken by both countries is the "right way to go."

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced on Tuesday that Canada and the U.S. had agreed to extend travel restrictions at the border to July 21.

Since late March, only essential workers and trade have been allowed to cross the border.

MacKenzie says there have been impacts but it depends on the industry.

He says from an economic standpoint, impacts have been limited.

"From a supply chain support mechanism, from a commercial situation with our manufacturers, the goods are flowing with our agricultural products coming from the county and from the city food processors, their product is moving," says MacKenzie.

He says goods continue to flow and food products are also moving, so the border has not hurt that type of commerce.

"Where it does continue to impact of course is for tourism and hospitality. But you know, until we get into phase two, there's not too much for folks that would come over from Michigan to do here," says MacKenzie.

The restrictions at the border have been extended twice since March, for 30 days at a time.