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. […]

Canadian auto-parts makers seek travel quarantine exemption for cross-border workers

Stephen Chase, The Globe and Mail March 9, 2021 Auto-parts makers say their employees are facing increasing difficulties crossing the Canada-U.S. border, with many being ordered into quarantine after essential travel. The sector is asking Ottawa to allow their travelling executives and staff to be designated as essential business workers so they can avoid such […]