Entry/Exit Initiative

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About this initiative

Currently, Canada and the U.S. exchange biographic entry information on third-country nationals (non U.S. or Canadian citizens), permanent residents of Canada who are not U.S. citizens and lawful permanent residents of the U.S. who are not Canadian citizens at land ports of entry.

Both countries securely share entry records of approximately 16,000 to 19,000 travellers (non-U.S. and non-Canadian citizens) daily, with no impact on the traveller experience.

Note: No information is shared on Canadian or U.S. citizens, Registered Indians, or protected persons.

Protecting the privacy of personal information

Both Canada and the U.S. are committed to safeguarding the privacy of personal information. The process of collecting and sharing personal information has been, and will continue to be done, in accordance with each country's privacy laws and policies.

The Government of Canada is ensuring the privacy of Canadians. Strict safeguards and agreements are and will be in place to protect Canadians' personal information gathered and shared under the Entry/Exit initiative.

Future deliverables

Note: Legislative and regulatory changes are required before future deliverables can be fully implemented.

Future deliverables would include the exchange of biographic entry data on all travellers (including Canadian and U.S. citizens) with the U.S. at land ports of entry.

The CBSA would also collect biographic exit information on all air travellers leaving Canada. Exit records in the air mode would be obtained through electronic passenger manifests received directly from air carriers. This information would not be shared with the U.S.

Background

In 2011, Canada and the United States (U.S.) committed to establishing a coordinated entry and exit information system. This system permits sharing information so that the record of a land entry into one country can be used to establish an exit record from the other.

From September 30, 2012 to January 15, 2013, both countries tested their capacity to exchange and reconcile biographic entry information of third-country nationals (non U.S. or Canadian citizens), permanent residents of Canada who are not U.S. citizens and lawful permanent residents of the U.S. who are not Canadian citizens at four land ports of entry in British Columbia/Washington State and Ontario/New York.

A joint report on the findings was released on May 13, 2013 and validated the initiative's concept: that a traveller's record of entry in one country can serve as a record of exit from the other.

On March 10, 2016, Prime Minister Trudeau and President Obama reaffirmed the commitment to a coordinated entry and exit information system and pledged to build upon the process already in place.

Stakeholder Engagement

The CBSA is committed to maintaining an open dialogue with stakeholders and to ensuring that their views and perspectives are considered in the implementation of the Entry/Exit initiative.

For more information, or to send your feedback or questions, please contact us at: contact@cbsa-asfc.gc.ca.

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