The installation of new technology at the Peace and Queenston-Lewiston Bridges was announced today. The new system aims to help people cross the border faster and is expected to reduce border wait times for the travelling public and commercial carriers by up to one million hours per year.
New and advanced sensor technology near customs plazas and approach roads will measure and report delays, and relay this information to travellers. People will be able to plan their routes better, time their crossing, and select the bridge with the best wait-times.
The Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) announced today that Canada and the United States are continuing to deliver on key commitments under the Beyond the Border Action Plan. Effective June 30, 2012, the CBSA lifted the three-year residency requirement for Canadian and United States citizens to apply to NEXUS.
By amending the three-year residency requirement, the CBSA is extending NEXUS membership eligibility to citizens of Canada or the United States currently residing abroad, or who have recently returned to Canada or the United States.
Prime Minister Stephen Harper today announced the conclusion of an agreement between Canada and the State of Michigan toward building a new publicly owned bridge crossing between Windsor, Ontario, and Detroit, Michigan.
“Our Government is taking the measures necessary to facilitate trade and investment between Canada and the United States in order to generate jobs, economic growth and long term prosperity,” said the Prime Minister. The project includes the bridge, Canadian and U.S. inspection plazas, and an interchange with Interstate-75 with construction expected to take four to five years.
As part of their commitment under the Beyond the Border Action Plan for Perimeter Security and Economic Competitiveness, Canada and the United States announce the establishment of Binational Port Operations Committees at eight Canadian airports that provide a U.S. preclearance service.
The eight Canadian airports are:
Vancouver International Airport, Vancouver, British Columbia
Calgary International Airport, Calgary, Alberta
Edmonton International Airport, Edmonton, Alberta
James Armstrong Richardson International Airport, Winnipeg, Manitoba
Pearson International Airport, Toronto, Ontario
MacDonald-Cartier International Airport, Ottawa, Ontario
Pierre-Elliott-Trudeau International Airport, Montréal, Quebec
Halifax Stanfield International Airport, Halifax, Nova Scotia
Canada and the United States announced the mutual recognition of, and cooperation on, air cargo security in both countries. The Honourable Denis Lebel, Minister of Transport, Infrastructure and Communities and Mr. James D. Nealon, Deputy Chief of Mission at the United States Embassy on behalf of Transportation Security Administration (TSA) Administrator John Pistole, made the announcement.
“With our vast geography, Canada’s economy relies on the safe and efficient movement of goods by air. Mutual recognition of air cargo security programs will improve efficiency and cut costs for businesses and consumers on both sides of the border,” said Minister Lebel.
The Canadian Government announced today that a revision to the Motor Vehicle Safety Act will now allow Canadian residents to bring a rental vehicle into Canada from the United States. This measure looks to facilitate access to Canadian tourism destinations and provide more flexibility for travelers.
At the announcement, Minister of State Bernier stated that the “government’s top priority is jobs, growth and long-term prosperity, and what’s good for tourism is good for Canada’s economy.”
A new joint initiative in the Windsor-Detroit area between the RCMP and the U.S. Coast Guard will allowofficers from Canada and the U.S. to ride together on the Detroit River, enforcing safety on both sides of the international boundary.
Part of the Canada-U.S. Ship Rider Program, this provision could be in place as early as this summer in the Windsor-Detroit region. The program is targeted at increasing the success rate of apprehending and interdicting cross-border crimes.
A new guide, called Considerations for United States – Canada Border Traffic Disruption Management, was released today as a result of close collaboration between Public Safety Canada and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.
The guide sets “ambitious, achievable goals that will advance economic opportunity and lead to a more efficient border,” according to Public Safety Minister Vic Toews. The main goal is to manage the flow of traffic at the border in case of any disruption through cooperation between local, state, and provincial authorities.
U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer announced that Canadian and U.S. officials have reached an agreement that will end delays on trains between Montreal and New York City.“The rail between Montreal and New York City should be a major artery for economic growth,” he declares.
Quebec is building prescreening facilities at the Montreal train station that will eliminate the St. Lambert stop for Amtrak trains. These changes will occur after legal agreements are finalized as part of the Beyond the Borders agreement.
The Border Policy Research Instituteat Western Washington University and the Consulate General of Canada in Seattle recently held a conference to explore the implications of the “Beyond the Border” dialogue on the Pacific Northwest region. Canadian Consul General Dennis Stevens and U.S. Consul Anne Callaghan participated in the event.