With more than two-thirds of the CUS$650 billion (US$511 billion) in goods traded annually between Canada and the United States travelling on roads, the trucking industry is key.
The Canadian Trucking Alliance had estimated the government mandate could force some 16,000 cross-border drivers – 10 per cent of them – off the roads.
The mandate was the first policy measure taken since the pandemic began that could limit cross-border trucking traffic. Trucks crossed the border freely when the border was closed for 20 months because they were considered essential to keep supply chains open.
Supply chain disruptions drove Canada’s headline inflation to an 18-year high in November, and the Bank of Canada has signalled that it could raise interest rates as soon as April.