BUSINESS COMMUNITY CAUTIOUSLY OPTIMISTIC AHEAD OF CANADA-U.S. BORDER OPENING

Nov 06, 2021

By Jeremy Logan

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Canadian business leaders are excited that people and not just goods will be crossing the Canada-U.S. border when it reopens on Monday, but they’re wary of remaining red tape.

While the U.S. will not require travellers to show a negative COVID-19 test, Ottawa is not waiving that requirement for citizens and permanent residents when they come back to Canada.

That means when the land border opens to non-essential travellers for the first time since March 2020, a negative test will still be required.

The Canadian Chamber of Commerce and the Business Council of Canada say that requirement is an unnecessary obstacle to kick-starting business travel and tourism.

They say proof of vaccination is all that should be needed, and the test requirement should be scrapped.

They argue the continued testing requirement is too cumbersome for Canadian business travellers wanting a quick visit to an American destination, and too expensive for families who want a vacation or reunion with loved ones.

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