The Government of Canada is committed to privacy and the protection of personal information used in the course of providing programs and services to the public.
The Government of Canada's Privacy Impact Assessment Policy is one of several tools designed to meet this commitment. This policy was created to ensure that individuals have a right to control the collection, use and disclosure of their personal information.
Privacy Impact Assessments (PIAs) ensure that all privacy issues have been identified and resolved or mitigated. The Government of Canada then seeks advice and notifies the Privacy Commissioner and informs the public that privacy issues have been addressed.
The Automated Border Clearance (ABC) program represents a major change for the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) in its delivery of primary processing of travellers arriving at major Canadian airports.
ABC is an innovative concept that streamlines a portion of the border clearance process for Canadian citizens with a valid Canadian passport and permanent residents (PR) of Canada with a valid Canadian PR card, by using self-service kiosks technology as an alternative to the traditional processing by border services officers.
In 2001, through Bill S-23, sections 11.2 to 11.5 and 99.2 to 99.4 were introduced to the Customs Act to allow for the creation of Customs Controlled Areas (CCA).
The implementation of designated areas as CCAs is expected to take place in the spring of 2013. These designated areas are intended to address potential problems resulting from internal conspiracies where domestic employees may misuse their positions at certain border-related facilities to engage in criminal activities when in contact with uncleared international travellers and/or goods.
Canada's TFWP enables employers in Canada to hire foreign nationals on a temporary basis to meet short-term skill and labour needs when Canadians or permanent residents are not available. The TFWP is legislated through the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act and Regulations and is jointly delivered by Human Resources and Skills Development Canada (HRSDC) and Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) with the support of the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA). The role of the CBSA is to determine the admissibility of foreign nationals to Canada at the Port of Entry (POE). CBSA also verifies the eligibility of foreign workers and issues work permits on behalf of CIC, if the necessary criteria are met.
In 2011, Canada and the United States (U.S.) issued the Beyond the Border: A Shared Vision for Perimeter Security and Economic Competitiveness which establishes a new long-term partnership built upon a perimeter approach to security and economic competitiveness and subsequently, the Perimeter Security and Economic Competitiveness Action Plan (Action Plan) which sets out the joint Canada-United States priorities for achieving this vision. As part of delivering on its commitments in the Action Plan, Canada and the U.S. are undertaking the Entry/Exit Initiative.
In November 2007, the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) Executive Management Committee approved the development of all required processes to implement enhanced personnel security screening measures allowable to decrease the risk of infiltration and corruption and maintain program integrity under the Policy on Government Security for all CBSA positions; and the creation of a CBSA High-Integrity Personnel Security Screening Standard (HIPSSS). The approval from the TB Cabinet Ministers Committee was required for policy approval through a TB Submission. Approval to proceed as requested with the phased implementation of HIPSSS obtained at the May 31, 2012 meeting.
ccmMercury is used to track all Ministerial and Executive correspondence, including constituency correspondence that is not processed in the Agency and is usually returned to the author or the Minister of Public Safety Canada, Citizenship and Immigration or related government department offices.
The N-III System provides program support and technology tools for information sharing across the Canadian public safety and security sector, including the CBSA. By addressing the information sharing needs of this sector, N-III facilitates communications and enhances investigations. The IQT is one of the information sharing query tools for public safety agencies.
The API/PNR program is designed to protect Canadians by enabling the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) to perform a risk assessment of travellers prior to their arrival in Canada.
The High-Risk Traveller Identification (HRTI) initiative stems from the Advance Passenger Information/Passenger Name Record (API/PNR) program and provides Canada and the United States with a clear framework in which API/PNR information will be shared between both countries.
The Western Hemisphere Travel Initiative (WHTI) is a U.S. law that requires all travellers, including U.S. and Canadian citizens, to present a valid passport or another approved secure document when entering the United States from within the western hemisphere.
In response to the U.S. WHTI document requirements, the Government of Canada proposed the development and implementation of provincial and territorial enhanced driver's licence (EDL) programs and mandated the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) to be the lead for this. Under the U.S. WHTI, an EDL is an acceptable document that Canadian citizens can present when entering the United States by land and water only.
The Anti-Doping Information-Sharing MOU is designed to assist in anti-doping efforts during the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games by sharing certain customs program information collected during port of entry enforcement actions administered by the Canada Border Services Agency.