In its recently updated education and outreach agenda, NCA renewed its support for strengthening the special economic and social ties between the United States and Canada. This integrated relationship has been impacted by the closure of the border to all but essential travel since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Last month, Canada reopened its border to fully vaccinated individuals entering from the U.S. and the Biden Administration recently announced that the United States will begin allowing fully vaccinated foreign nationals to fly into the United States. At the same time, however, the Administration extended the closure of its land borders with Mexico and Canada to non-essential travel until at least October 21st.
NCA is appreciative of a bipartisan group of Senators that recently wrote a letter to the Biden Administration calling for reopening the land border to fully vaccinated individuals. Continued delay in reopening the border and the lack of coordinated planning across involved federal agencies for its eventual reopening, further strains families, businesses and communities across the North Country.