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Prior to Covid-19, American road-trippers flocked up north in droves, taking advantage of all Canada has to offer, and supporting the tourism industry of the nation’s numerous border regions.
While the number of Americans crossing the border into Canada has risen in recent months, it is still nowhere near pre-pandemic levels. Some have blamed the notorious ArriveCAN app, suggesting it deters potential visitors by adding an extra level of complication to their vacations.
According to Statistics Canada, the number of American road-trippers entering Canada in summer 2022 sat at just over 50 percent of the amount recorded in summer 2019.
The reduction in US tourists also comes with a reduction in American dollars, which had previously flooded the economies of border towns such as Niagara Falls, Ontario.
Politicians representing the region have called out the federal government for its insistence on keeping certain pandemic-era restrictions in place, including the use of the ArriveCAN app.
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