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Police officers screen travelers moving between Ontario and Quebec at a checkpoint. Photo: David Kawai/Bloomberg via Getty Images

Canadian border agents reached a tentative deal on Saturday after 36 hours of negotiations as the country plans to reopen to fully vaccinated U.S. residents and permanent residents starting Aug. 9.

Driving the news: Two labor unions, the Public Service Alliance of Canada and the Customs and Immigration Union, said union members have worked without a contract for three years in a toxic work environment.

  • The four-year deal includes an average annual increase of more than 2% per year and has provisions for parental and caregiver leave, per Politico.
  • "We are relieved that CBSA and the government finally stepped up to address the most important issues for our members to avoid a prolonged labour dispute," PSAC national president Chris Aylward told Politico.

The big picture: Nearly 9,000 border patrol workers started work-to-rule actions on Friday at Canadian airports, land borders, commercial shipping ports, postal facilities and headquarters, per Politico.

  • The U.S.-Canada border was closed for nonessential travel beginning in March 2020.

Editor's note: This story has been updated with details about the deal.

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