Ontario Superior Court Grants Injunction
After hearings held on Thursday February 10 and Friday February 11, 2022 Chief Justice Morawetz of the Ontario Superior Court of Justice granted an injunction to restrain individuals from establishing a blockade, or in any way impeding access, to the Ambassador Bridge.
Effective 7:00 pm on Friday, February 11, 2022, any persons having notice of the Order granting the injunction are restrained and enjoined from impeding or blocking access to the Ambassador Bridge and indirect or direct approaching roadways and access points for ten (10) days.
People remain at liberty to engage in a peaceful, lawful and safe protest that does not impede or block access to the Ambassador Bridge and approaching roadways. The terms of the Order and any applicable law must be complied with.
The Automotive Parts Manufacturers’ Association (APMA), as representative plaintiff, and intervener the City of Windsor, provided evidence regarding the dramatic local, national and international economic consequences of the ongoing blockade. The Ontario Attorney General intervened in support of the injunction, and the Canadian Vehicle Manufacturers’ Association joined to support the APMA’s request.
Windsor-Essex is home to the largest auto cluster in North America. Vehicle parts cross the border an average of seven times before finished vehicles roll off the lines. The Windsor-Detroit trade corridor is one of the busiest commercial border crossing in the world; it is estimated that more than $450 million in goods cross the Windsor–Detroit border every day, representing one-third of all surface trade between Canada and the USA.
More than 6,500 people residing in the Windsor-Essex area work outside of Canada, nearly all of whom commute across the Windsor-Detroit border.
Windsor-Essex boasts an industry profile of more than 1000 manufacturers, $4.5 billion of manufactured goods produced in annual GDP – 30% of the region’s total GDP production, 90-plus auto and parts manufacturers and an excess of 250 machine, tool, die and mold companies which are all key components of the integrated global value chain.
70-80% of Ontario’s greenhouse produce is exported to the United States. There are over 3,200 acres of vegetable greenhouses in Ontario with approximately 2,600 acres (or 80%) in Windsor-Essex. Ontario agriculture exports to the U.S in 2016, totaled $683.5 million.
Law enforcement will collaborate and coordinate to assess next steps for ensuring compliance with the Court’s order. No operational details will be disclosed, to ensure the safety and security of all involved.