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Fewer Canadians shopping across the border, report finds

FILE - Canadian border guards are silhouetted as they replace each other at an inspection booth at the Douglas border crossing on the Canada-USA border in Surrey, B.C., on Thursday August 20, 2009. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
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Fewer residents of the Lower Mainland are choosing to splurge at stores near Bellingham

Gas numbers remain unchanged

VANCOUVER (NEWS 1130) –¬†Fewer residents of the Lower Mainland are choosing to splurge at stores near Bellingham.

That’s one of the many findings from The Border Policy Research Institute. Their research looked at border traffic between 2013 and 2018.

They found that the share of us who fill up bags at places like Target has gone down over that time.

More Canadians are choosing to have American mailboxes, however.

The institute found that overall traffic is down, likely meaning shorter border waits.

The sagging Canadian dollar could offer an explanation, but that isn’t stopping gas-shoppers. Those numbers remain relatively unchanged over the five year period.