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Federal government tries to avoid supply chain issues ahead of trucker vaccine mandate

OTTAWA – Canada’s Minister for International Trade has said the federal government is working to ensure the safety of supply chains when a vaccine mandate for truckers comes into effect.

Evan Solomon asked Mary Ng on CTV’s Power Play Wednesday whether Canadians should expect property shortages on Saturday when that mandate takes effect.

“No, not all of them,” Ng replied.

Critics of the vaccine mandate for truckers crossing from the United States to Canada say it will sideline truckers and strain Canada’s supply chains.

Unvaccinated Canadian truckers will be able to return to Canada, but will be required to self-isolate for 14 days. Unvaccinated U.S. truckers will not be allowed into the country.

The Canadian Truckers’ Alliance estimates that the mandate could result in the loss of 12,000 to 16,000 border truckers.

When asked if Canada has any additional truck drivers ready to hit the road, she replied “we are working with industry” and officials “are taking a whole-of-government approach”.

Mary Ng discusses the tenure of truckers entering Canada in the video at the top of this article.