Closed Border: Bilateral relations in the COVID era
CSG East’s Canada-U.S. Relations Committee is presenting two Zoom panels as part of its virtual meetings this summer. While all are welcome to view the Zoom session, only committee appointees may vote on any business issues before the committee.
The United States and Canada agreed in March to temporarily close the border to non-essential travel (meaning no personal or tourist visits) while keeping it open to commercial traffic and essential workers who cross the border for work. The agreement has been extended twice.
What has been the effect of the closed border on the economy of both countries, tourism, trade, agriculture, supply chains, and the new USMCA? What does the near future hold?