Open letter from Canadian businesses to our elected representatives

February 11, 2022

Canadian businesses have suffered under the strain of constant disruptions over the last two years. The challenges they have had to overcome have included COVID-19, extreme weather events, increasing inflationary pressures, labour shortages and supply chain disruptions. Now achieving a successful recovery is threatened by the ongoing blockades of the critical infrastructure that enables the livelihoods and well-being of all Canadians.

The harm is both immediate and severe. Each hour that these blockades continue does more serious damage to our economy and to our society. Manufacturers that depend on just-in-time delivery have been forced to cancel shifts for thousands of workers, shipments of livestock and of fresh produce face serious delays or waste that threaten food security, and deliveries of products that are greatly needed by Canadian families are being cancelled. These curtailments will only grow in scope and impact if the blockades continue.

Allowing these illegal closures to continue will also have serious economic and reputational consequences for the years ahead. The blockades not only strike against the rule of law that protects our rights and freedoms, but also undermine Canada’s international reputation. We are already hearing calls to move investment, contracts, and production from Canada because of our inability to guarantee timely delivery to international customers.

Canadians expect our elected representatives at all levels of government and from all political parties to set aside partisanship and jurisdictional squabbling to bring this issue to a quick resolution.

Our organizations call upon our elected representatives to expeditiously take the following actions.

  • Deliver a strong and unified commitment from the Prime Minister, Premiers, Opposition Party Leaders, and Mayors that the rule of law will be upheld.
  • Urgently enact measures to protect critical infrastructure to ensure further closures do not take place elsewhere in the country in the days ahead.
  • Seek immediate injunctive measures through the courts to assert a clear message that lawlessness will not be tolerated.
  • Ensure law enforcement agencies have all the necessary political support and appropriate tools needed to restore public order and remove any physical blockades that are not dismantled voluntarily.

Along with the vast majority of Canadians, Canada’s business community looks to you to restore the rule of law and to bring a successful end to these illegal actions that are damaging our economy and the well-being of our citizens. As order is re-established, we pledge to do our best to restore the jobs, products and services so greatly needed by our fellow citizens.


1000 Islands Gananoque Chamber of Commerce

Greater Summerside Chamber of Commerce

Aerospace Industries Association of Canada

Guelph Chamber of Commerce

Ajax-Pickering Board of Trade

Halton Hills Chamber of Commerce

Alberta Chambers of Commerce

Hamilton Chamber of Commerce

Amherstburg Chamber of Commerce

Hearth, Patio & Barbecue Association of Canada

Animal Nutrition Association of Canada

Heating Refrigeration Air Conditioning Institute of Canada

Associated Equipment Distributors

Huntsville/Lake of Bays Chamber of Commerce

Association of Canadian Port Authorities

Huron Chamber of Commerce - Goderich, Central and North Huron

Association of Home Appliance Manufacturers

Industrial Minerals Association - North America

Association québécoise de l’industrie du cannabis

Innovative Medicines Canada

Atlantic Chamber of Commerce

Institute of Canadian Agencies

Beer Canada

Junto Business Solutions Inc.

Blue Mountains Chamber of Commerce

Kenora & District Chamber of Commerce

Brampton Board of Trade

Kivalliq Chamber of Commerce

Brampton Board of Trade

La Chambre de commerce de l'Ouest-de-l'Île de Montréal

Brandon Chamber of Commerce

Leamington District Chamber of Commerce

Business Council of Manitoba

Lethbridge Chamber of Commerce

Cambridge Chamber of Commerce

Lindsay + District Chamber of Commerce

Campbell River & District Chamber of Commerce

London Chamber of Commerce

Canada's Accredited Zoos and Aquariums

Lunenburg Board of Trade

Canada-U.S. Business Association

Madoc & District Chamber of Commerce

Canadian Agri-Food Trade Alliance

Manitoba Chambers of Commerce

Canadian Association of Importers and Exporters

Meaford Chamber of Commerce

Canadian Association of MoldMakers / AutomTe Canada

Meaford Chamber of Commerce

Canadian Association of Recycling Industries

Medtech Canada

Canadian Automobile Dealers Association

Milton Chamber of Commerce

Canadian Cattlemen's Association

Mining Association of Canada

Canadian Chamber of Commerce

Mississauga Board of Trade

Canadian Construction Association

Morinville & District Chamber of Commerce

Canadian Federation of Independent Business

Mount Pearl Paradise Chamber of Commerce

Canadian Federation of Independent Grocers

Niagara-on-the-Lake Chamber of Commerce

Canadian Food Exporters Association

North Bay & District Chamber of Commerce

Canadian Franchise Association

NWT Chamber of Commerce

Canadian International Freight Forwarders Association Ltd

Oakville Chamber of Commerce

Canadian Manufacturers & Exporters

Ontario Chamber of Commerce

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