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Canadian Government Announces Funding To Cover City Costs From The Ambassador Bridge Blockade

Thursday December 29th, 2022, 11:22am

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The Government of Canada is paying up to $6.9 million in federal funding to assist the City of Windsor with expenses related to the blockade of the Ambassador Bridge.

The blockage that began on February 7th took police from multiple agencies two days to clear over the weekend of February 12th and 13th.

The city had said in the fall costs were around $5.7 million for police, Fire and EMS costs, as well as cement barriers and public works costs.

Those costs were detected to jump with expenses related to the city’s participation in the Public Order Emergency Commission meetings.

“When Canada’s most critical trade artery was illegally blocked, the City of Windsor moved swiftly and without hesitation to re-open the border. The expenditures incurred to resolve this national economic emergency were unanticipated and should not be borne by municipal taxpayers. I would like to extend my deepest thanks, to Minister Mendicino and the federal government, for providing the funds to fully cover the cost associated with clearing the Ambassador Bridge,” said Mayor Drew Dilkens.

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