Ottawa Introduces Entry-Exit Legislation

Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness, the Honourable Ralph Goodale, introduced legislation that will allow the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) to collect routine biographic information on all travellers exiting Canada.

This initiative builds off discussions and commitments that began under the previous government regarding ways to improve efficiencies at the border while maintaining security. The legislation will now harmonize Canada with similar procedures coming into force in the United States.

In his announcement, Goodale assured stakeholders that security measures are in place to protect the safety of Canadians and safeguard their individual rights and freedoms, without impeding the vital flow of legitimate travel and trade across the border.

Once this legislation is passed, Canada will know when and where someone enters or leaves the country.

The Canadian Trucking Alliance (CTA) had been aware of this upcoming legislation for some time and has prepared a memo and infographic synopsis explaining some of the potential implications of this measure. To obtain a copy of this memo and/or infographic, contact Marco.Beghetto@

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