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Strategies for Easing Non-Essential Travel Restrictions at the Canada-US Border

August 19, 2020 @ 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm

When: Wednesday, August 19, 2020 | 4:00 PM

Location: Webinar


The Canada-US border was closed to non-essential travel for thirty days on March 21, 2020. These restrictions have been serially renewed, most recently through August 21, 2020. This has resulted in a great deal of hardship among cross-border families, people with property interests in both countries, important (albeit non-essential) business travelers, and the retail and tourism sectors which rely on cross-border business.

Despite having been in place for almost five months, there has been little public progress towards describing what a border-opening decision would require.

This presentation will identify critical issues affected by the current situation, and review available procedures, which might be useful in allowing safe and efficient crossings in the foreseeable future.

A recording of the webinar is available.  To access the recording, you must register.  If you have already registered for this webinar, you can click on “Already Registered” in the top right hand corner. 



Mark R. High, President, Canada-US Business Association, and Member, Dickinson Wright PLLC, Detroit, MI
Christopher Sands, Director of the Wilson Center’s Canada Institute, Washington, DC


Marta Leardi-Anderson, Executive Director, Cross-Border Institute, University of Windsor
Kathryn Bryk Friedman, Ph.D., Esq., Global Fellow, Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars
Laurie Trautman, Director, Border Policy Research Institute, Western Washington University
Craig Turner, President, World Trade Center Buffalo Niagara
Rakesh Naidu, President, Windsor-Essex Regional Chamber
Andrea Van Vugt, Global Director, Harper & Associates