The Chamber Connection:

News for our Members and the Regional Business Community

Welcome to the Chamber Connection, highlighting important information on what’s happening at the Point Roberts Chamber of Commerce. On this page, we highlight the chamber advocacy and recent chamber news and events and share important updates from our regional business community. We hope you find this information helpful and informative! Thank you for supporting the Point Roberts Chamber of Commerce.

April 15, 2023

Reinstate H2-B status to Point Roberts

The H2-B status allowed Point Roberts businesses to utilize non-citizen employees, especially Canadians, during our peak season. Our geographical location is far from mainland Washington State and close to Canada, so this program benefited our economy significantly. However, with the border shut down for 19 months (March 2020 – October 2021), our businesses have struggled to survive due to a lack of workforce. Currently, they are operating with limited hours, and with the upcoming summer season, we estimate the need for 30 part-time employees to increase to 60 within a month. Unfortunately, due to the pandemic, local workers moved back to Washington, leading to a workforce shortage for these service positions. Therefore, restoring this program will have a significant impact on our economy.

September 27, 2022

Political action is required now if exclaves are to survive future border closures/restrictions

Point Roberts Chamber of Commerce President Brian Calder believes there are solutions to this situation and calls on Federal and State governments to work with Canadian authorities and exclave communities on a complete and thorough post-mortem for all exclaves along the US – Canada border. Ideally, he would like a detailed analysis completed for each exclave that will prioritize cross-border access for the following in the event of a future pandemic or other global emergencies.

July 13, 2022

Senator Simon Sefzik to meet with Point Roberts Chamber of Commerce businesses

Senator Simon Sefzik, R-Ferndale, 42nd Legislative District, is coming to Point Roberts for a tour and meeting with chamber directors and local businesses on Thursday, July 14th. This is Senator Sefzik’s first visit to Point Roberts, and he is very interested in hearing from the Point Roberts business community. The community’s invited to attend the community meeting at the Point Roberts International Marketplace at 480 Tyee Drive at 2:30 p.m.

Please email the Point Roberts Chamber of Commerce at with questions you would like the chamber to ask the senator.

April 11, 2022

Let's bring Essential Repair and Construction workers back to Point Roberts Petition to elminate ArriveCAN App

Point Roberts, a small community of approximately 850 residents, is completely dependent on essential and other services provided by businesses located in Mainland Washington State and British Columbia, Canada.
Since Canada’s introduction of the ArriveCan app in late 2021, business owners in both Washington State and British Columbia have refused to travel to Point Roberts to perform critical services, citing onerous border requirements to enter Canada.

October 5, 2021

What’s it Going to Take?

Point Roberts Land Border Crossing Stats 2021-06

The US Department of Transportation border crossing statistics at the Point Roberts border crossing paint a stark reality of the economic devastation that has plagued the community since the border closures at the onset of the pandemic – economic devastation that is getting little, if any attention from the US Government.


Senator Murray Calls for Border Exemption for Point Roberts on Senate Floor

Senator Murray: “I’m here on the Senate floor today to make sure that President Biden and his administration understand me. At the very least, we need an emergency exemption from these restrictions for the Point Roberts community—and that exemption is long overdue.”

ICYMI: Senator Murray Calls on Homeland Security Secretary to Grant Border Exemption for Point Roberts – MORE HERE

CYMI: Senator Murray Statement on Continued Northern Border Closure – MORE HERE

September 24, 2021

Governor Inslee's Letter to President Biden

Govenor Inslee Letter to President Biden

I am writing to urge immediate action to provide relief to residents of my state who are uniquely impacted by the ongoing restrictions on nonessential travel through land and ferry crossings by Canadians into the United States. Additionally, clarity from your administration is badly needed to understand the circumstances and conditions necessary to permit entry into the United States via these crossings

Petition for ArriveCAN App Exemption for American & Canadian Businesses

Petition to the Cabinet of the Government of Canada to Draft an Order in Council for Consideration by the Governor in Council, Providing an ArriveCan App Exemption for American and Canadian Business Representatives Performing Services in Point Roberts, WA.

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Chamber of Commmerce

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P.O. Box 128, 
Point Roberts, WA, 98281

Find Us!

From Peace Arch Border Crossing (Douglas Crossing), head north on BC-99 to BC-17. Follow BC-17 to 56th Street, turn left on 56th Street (south) to US/Canada border crossing at Point Roberts, WA. SEE BORDER CROSSING INFO.

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