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The ongoing trucker-led border blockades are now forcing automakers on both sides of the Canadian-U.S. border to cut back on their production as they are unable to find parts and components.

Honda, which had suspended production at its Alliston, Ont., facility on for a while on Wednesday, reports it will temporarily shut down one production line today. Rival Toyota Motor Manufacturing Canada is reporting that all three of its Canadian lines are feeling the impact and that its facilities in Woodstock and Cambridge will be idled for at least the rest of this week.

Ford Canada shut down its Windsor engine plant on Wednesday and its assembly plants in Windsor and Oakville are working at reduced capacity. Stellantis had to cut production for two shifts on Tuesday before starting them up again on Wednesday.

Although there are now protests blocking several border points, the most pressing issue is at Windsor’s Ambassador Bridge, Canada’s largest trade artery with the U.S. The bridge is suffering through its fifth day of protests from truckers and their allies demanding an immediate end to all Covid-19 vaccination mandates.

The bridge carries about a quarter of all trade between the two countries. About 7,000 commercial vehicles use the bridge every day, carrying about $300 million worth of goods. The auto industry accounts for a significant portion of that daily trade - about $50  million. There are more than 700 parts suppliers in Ontario tied to the automotive industry and more than 500 tool and die makers. In terms of the number of people being directly affected, there are about 100,000 people who work in the auto parts sector in Ontario, and about 35,000 that work in vehicle assembly,

Windsor is seeking a court injunction to remove protesters from the bridge but it’s not known at this point if the injunction will be granted.

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Emergencies Act invoked as protests continue to disrupt trade

While traffic is flowing again at the busiest commercial crossing between the U.S. and Canada, the Ambassador Bridge, protests elsewhere are still shutting down or impeding traffic at other border crossings across the country. As a result, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, has invoked the Emergencies Act for the first time to give the federal government extra powers to bring the anti-vaccine mandate blockades to an end.

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