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·         U.S.-Canada border to temporarily close to nonessential travel

·         Temporary foreign workers not part of Canada’s travel ban

 

 

U.S.-Canada border to temporarily close to nonessential travel

 

By Reuters, GFM Network News

via Canadian Cattlemen - March 18, 2020

 

Washington/Ottawa | Reuters — The U.S.-Canada border will close to nonessential traffic, U.S. President Donald Trump tweeted on Wednesday, saying details on the move would be announced later but that it would not affect trade between the two countries.

 

“We will be, by mutual consent, temporarily closing our Northern Border with Canada to non-essential traffic. Trade will not be affected,” Trump wrote.

 

A Canadian source had earlier said the two nations were working on a deal to close the frontier to non-essential travel as part of the fight against a coronavirus outbreak.

 

Under the terms of the proposed deal, the flow of goods between the two nations — which share one of the world’s largest bilateral trading relationships — would continue.

 

The U.S. and Canadian economies are highly integrated and a strict ban on border crossing would cause major problems...

 

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Temporary foreign workers not part of Canada’s travel ban

Ag groups feared TFWs, SAWP employees might not be admitted in time

 

By GFM Staff, GFM Network News

via Canadian Cattlemen - March 18, 2020

 

Farm workers coming to Canada under programs for temporary and seasonal workers will be exempt from a ban on foreign nationals entering the country.

 

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced Monday that effective Wednesday, foreign nationals from all countries except the U.S. would be temporarily prohibited from entering Canada, in response to the evolving COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic.

 

That ban was expanded Wednesday to include “non-essential travel” by U.S. residents for purposes such as recreation and tourism.

 

Canada’s agriculture groups and provincial officials since Monday have expressed concerns about the ban’s potential impact on the arrival of temporary foreign workers (TFWs), including those coming to Canada under the Seasonal Agriculture Worker Program (SAWP), for work in Canada’s ag and agrifood processing sectors.

 

However, federal Public Safety Minister Bill Blair said during a press conference Wednesday that TFWs will be exempt from the travel ban.

 

“Temporary foreign workers — their work is important to maintaining our country and what they contribute — so they will be allowed to enter Canada as well, after observing a 14 day period of self-isolation,” Blair said.

 

Government officials confirmed shortly afterward that Blair’s comments apply also to arrivals in Canada under SAWP.

 

Leading up to Wednesday’s announcement, farm employers of TFWs were “freaking out right now,” as Manitoba Beekeepers Association chair Mark Friesen put it in an interview.

 

Friesen said Manitoban beekeepers hire between 80 and 100 TFWs per year, adding that some operations will need those employees soon and that others may not need them until the end of April...

 

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