Update on Ambassador Bridge Protests

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UPDATED at 2:10 pm:

The Ontario Trucking Association (OTA) continues to work with all levels of government and industry associations to address the border protest at the Ambassador bridge, including the potential for additional protests to develop at other ports of entry.

Below are current updates regarding the situation at various Ontario ports of entry:

Ambassador Bridge, Windsor:

  • The bridge continues to be temporarily closed for entry into Canada, and there are no additional updates on this situation at this time.

Blue Water Bridge, Sarnia:

  • There are widespread rumours being reported by multiple sources of protests potentially resuming at the Blue Water Bridge in Sarnia over the next 24-48 hrs. Bridge officials have indicated that all truck lanes are open, and staffing remains at maximum capacity, and that they will continue to facilitate cross-border traffic as much as possible.

Peace Bridge, Fort Erie:

  • There is a protest planned at the Peace Bridge on February 12 at 11:00am by a group that has protested at the bridge previously, which has not impeded traffic/access to the bridge on these prior occasions.

Members are encouraged to monitor border wait times and potential development of protests at these locations on a regular basis. OTA will continue to communicate additional information as it becomes available.

 

UPDATED 10:00 am:

The Ontario Trucking Association (OTA) continues to work with federal and provincial officials regarding the ongoing protests occurring near the Ambassador bridge in Windsor, which temporarily closed traffic since last night at the busiest land border crossing between Canada and the US.

Canada-bound traffic is being diverted to the Blue Water Bridge (BWB) at Sarnia, while Windsor police attempt to clear a path for traffic to enter Canada at the Ambassador.

Ambassador Bridge officials have indicated that both the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) and U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) have staffed the BWB at 100% to meet the increased demand of diverted truck traffic.

OTA is continuing to monitor the situation as it evolves and will remain in contact with all levels of government and associations on both sides of the border as more information becomes available.

CBSA also released the following news bulletin this morning with additional information:

The Ambassador Bridge port of entry is experiencing a service disruption.

This port of entry is currently experiencing a service disruption and border users may encounter delays. Until further notice, the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) encourages you to consider the following alternate ports of entry to cross the border:

REGULAR TRAVELLERS:  Windsor-Detroit Tunnel

COMMERCIAL TRAFFIC: Sarnia Blue Water Bridge

Please note that not all ports of entry can accommodate commercial traffic.

The CBSA recognizes border disruptions affect both travellers and industry and we are working to restore normal border operations at this port of entry as quickly as possible. Thank you for your patience while we get operations back on track.

Follow the border wait times for this port of entry on the CBSA’s Web site.

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