What a half-open international border means for Canada’s auto industry

Dene Moore, Automotive News Canada August 30, 2021 While Canada has opened its border to vaccinated Americans, pandemic restrictions on nonessential travel into the U.S. have been extended until at least Sept. 21. “The effective reopening for cross-border travel for the vaccinated has been helpful,” Volpe said. But manufacturers have been forced into temporary shutdowns […]

Canada’s relaxed COVID border measures won’t solve all of auto’s problems

Greg Layson, Automotive News Canada June 28, 2021 Starting July 5, quarantine requirements will be lifted for travellers fully vaccinated with a Health Canada-authorized vaccine. The change “in and of itself, solves all of our problems when it comes to Canadian nationals who need to travel for business,” said Automotive Parts Manufacturers’ Association President Flavio […]

Ottawa mulls exempting auto workers from Canada-U.S. border shutdown

The Canadian Press April 8, 2021 Foreign Affairs Minister Marc Garneau says Ottawa is looking at expanding the categories of essential workers allowed to travel across the Canada-U.S. border. “This is good news. It’s important,” Flavio Volpe, head of the Automotive Parts Manufacturers’ Association, said of the government’s decision to at least look at making […]

After industry outcry, Ottawa agrees to clarify cross-border travel rules for autoworkers

Katie Simpson and Alexander Panetta, CBC News March 16, 2021 Public Safety Minister Bill Blair committed to performing a quick review of the policy during a virtual meeting with auto-sector representatives, said Flavio Volpe. Volpe, who heads Canada’s Automotive Parts Manufacturers’ Association, said sector is not pushing for a complete reopening of the border. “We’re […]

Canada/US border: Auto industry

As It Happens with Carol Off and Chris Howden March 15, 2021 Flavio Volpe, president of the APMA, talks about the auto sectors hope for clarification of border restrictions on essential business travel. Listen here. (@1:50)

The Canada-U.S. border’s been shut down for a year — and there’s no reopening plan

Alexander Panetta, CBC News March 15, 2021 One-year anniversary of travel restrictions is coming with no sign of a road map for returning to normal. Flavio Volpe of Canada’s Automotive Parts Manufacturers’ Association said repeated attempts to get Public Safety Minister Bill Blair to talk went unanswered, as did a letter sent five months ago. […]

Auto groups, U.S. politician want border partially open by May 21

Greg Layson, Automotive News Canada March 12, 2021 Calls to open the Canada-U.S. border to more than just essential travel are growing louder in both countries, as politicians and groups within the Canadian auto industry fret over the economic impact of the ongoing restrictions. New York Congressman Brian Higgins on Feb. 24 wrote to U.S. […]