By Ian Shalapata
(WINDSOR, ON) – More data will be collected from travellers crossing the land border between the United States and Canada, but authorities advised that there wont be any delays because of it.
Ralph Goodale, the Minister of Public Safety, has introduced legislation in the House of Commons which will allow the Canada Border Services Agency to collect biographic information of persons exiting Canada. Goodale says the new measures will help to enhance security without impeding the flow of legitimate travel and commerce across the border.
“We are committed to protecting Canadians and their individual rights and freedoms,” Goodale said. “It’s important that we have a clear picture of who is entering and exiting our country so we can … keep our border secure.”
On March 10, this year, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and US President Barack Obama announced that both countries will fully implement a system to exchange basic biographic entry/exit information at the land border and build off the process already in place. Currently, Canada collects information only from those travellers entering the country. Once the legislation is passed, Canada will know when and where someone enters the country and when and where they leave the country.
For people travelling by air, the two countries will not exchange information as they will independently acquire what they need directly from airlines’ passenger manifests.