The ArriveCAN application might be here. But can it kill business in Windsor? Pi News

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Fewer businesses, fewer sales and more difficulty – a group of local businesses fear the consequences of having an ArriveCAN processor after the epidemic is over.

The concerns are being raised as the federal government continues to explore the possibility of using post-pandemic use to help speed up border screening.

Lies Meloch, general manager of the Windsor Detroit Tunnel Duty Free Shop, said: “We will never make progress without removing this processor completely.

Business is down 40 to 60 percent compared to pre-pandemic levels, he said, pointing to utility as a barrier to recovery.

“[American tourists are] Avoid coming. “They’re staying in their own backyard instead of passing through here and spending their dollars with border businesses,” Meloch said.

Meanwhile, Sarnia’s Mayor Mike Bradley said it was unnecessary to move the customs process online.

“They’re not going to go through the whole process to make a trip to Canada,” he said, referring to many American tourists who enjoyed single-day visits before the pandemic began.

Bradley said the federal government is ignoring his concerns.

“We are at the forefront. We understand that these apps are not performing so well.”

‘We need more people … not apps’

Beth Potter, president and CEO of Canada’s Tourism Industry Association, said the processor needs to be made more user-friendly, especially if it is planned for long-term use.

“When you look at the way the world travels, it’s being digitized … we want to make sure any tool used is the right one … so it’s a seamless experience. Traveler.”

But shop owners like Renaldo Agostino from Turbo Espresso Bar want the ArriveCAN app removed entirely.

Agostino said he was concerned that the government was looking to replace border officials with a processor.

“I am concerned that this is a move by the government to cut back [customs] Jobs at the border … Nowadays the wait to cross the border seems longer, and it’s less cars crossing,” he said. “We need more people. No more apps.”

Tourists planning to spend a few days on the Canadian side of the border won’t feel the impact — but many others do, he said.

“What Windsor gets is a day tripper. The person sitting in Detroit … or a group of friends sitting around a barbecue and saying ‘Hey, let’s go to Windsor,'” he said.

“We make it more and more difficult for travelers to come here on the same day, which is a bad thing for Windsor.”