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Workforce WindsorEssex Seeks Input On NAFTA Talks

If you commute across the border to work and have not yet filled out a survey from Workforce WindsorEssex about upcoming North American Free Trade Agreement talks, you should soon.

The survey is online and finishes next Tuesday, a day before renegotiations are set to begin.

Project Manager Justin Falconer says few regions across the country will be as affected as Windsor-Essex.

“Windsor-Essex has a lot at stake,” says Falconer. “We have many businesses that import and export — It’s more important than ever to be involved in this conversation.”

With 6,200 commuters crossing into the U.S. each day to work, and thousands more whose jobs depend on trade with Americans, he says the region needs to have a clear vision what it wants to get out of talks.

So far, Falconer is pleased with the response.

“We thought it might be hard to get some commuters to respond to this. They’re obviously very busy,” he says. “So far it seems to be working, but more is better.”

He says it will take time to go through the results, but the results should be ready this fall.