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Canadian RV Groups Call on Government to Delay Vax Requirement for Truckers

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The Recreation Vehicle Dealers Association of Canada (RVDA) and the Canadian Recreational Vehicle Association (CRVA), in a joint statement, expressed their concerns with Transport Canada on the implementation of mandatory vaccination for truckers entering the country.

The mandate will take effect tomorrow, January 15.

“We fully support vaccination and agree that vaccination mandates are a critical tool in our battle against COVID. However, given current vaccination rates amongst truckers, especially in the Northern Indiana region where a high percentage of RV manufacturers are located, we are concerned that the January 15th Canadian deadline for mandatory cross-border vaccination will significantly impede our industry at a time when our industry is already facing a shortage of drivers willing to transport RVs to Canadian dealers,” said CRVA President Shane Devenish.

The Canadian RV sector directly and indirectly supported an estimated 67,200 jobs. It contributed $4.8 billion in added economic value to the Canadian economy from an initial expenditure of $6.2 billion, as per a study conducted in 2019.

It revealed that approximately 2.1 million (or 14% of) Canadian households own an RV. RVDA of Canada and the CRVA estimate that wholesale shipments from RV manufacturers to Canadian dealers will exceed 55,000 units in 2021.

However, with over 95% of the RV producers located in the United States, the associations expressed to the federal government that the RV industry is vulnerable to border issues. According to the joint statement, this includes the availability of US delivery companies and their drivers being able to enter Canada to maintain the supply chain.

“We fear the mandate will lead to a lack of inventory for our retailers during their historical re-stocking period and/or price increases to our consumers,” said RVDA of Canada’s President Eleonore Hamm.

“We hereby call on the government to delay the deadline for mandatory full vaccination until a later date to allow us to work with our suppliers so that we can minimize the supply chain disruption.”

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