Representatives across Canada’s automotive industry and the Windsor Police Service are calling on protestors to end their blockade of one of the continent’s busiest land border crossings.
Protestors, demanding anything from the end of vaccine mandates to the ousting of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, brought traffic onto and off the Ambassador Bridge to a standstill Monday evening in Windsor, Ontario.
Wednesday morning, the Windsor Police Service and Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) both said online the bridge remains closed.
"We encourage the organizers of the demonstration to maintain an open communication with Windsor Police personnel, using reasoned and tempered approach to come to a peaceful resolution," The Windsor Police Service tweeted at about 7 a.m. ET.
The CBSA, meanwhile, updated its border wait times website to note the crossing "temporarily closed."
Pockets of protestors have parked mainly pickups at multiple intersections of Huron Church Road, the six-lane thoroughfare leading to the critical piece of infrastructure that connects Windsor and Detroit.
The CBSA on Tuesday afternoon declared the port of entry closed until further notice.
Now, it's understood that the ongoing blockade at one of North America's busiest land border crossings is starting to hit Canadian vehicle production.
Stellantis confirmed that its Windsor Assembly Plant "had to short shift its first shift due to parts shortages" on Tuesday.
"Additionally, the first shift at the Brampton Assembly Plant was shortened on (Feb. 9)," the auto maker said in a statement issued late Wednesday. "The second shift is expected to report as scheduled. We continue to work closely with our carriers to get parts into the plants to mitigate further disruptions."
General Motors Co. said its Lansing Delta Township plant in Michigan went down for parts shortages on Feb. 9 and remains down the morning of Feb. 10. No other GM plants were impacted as of early Thursday, a spokesman said.
"We are working closely with our logistics providers to mitigate any potential impacts to our production and operations," GM spokesperson Erin Davis said in an emailed statement to a newspaper in Lansing, Mich.