Prescott, Ontario, April 25, 2012 – Thanks to Canada's Economic Action Plan, Gordon Brown, Member of Parliament for Leeds-Grenville, on behalf of the Honourable Vic Toews, Canada's Public Safety Minister, and Pierre Sabourin, Vice-President of Operations for the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) and Jacques LeBlanc, Account Executive, Client Consultancy and Real Property Solutions Division of Real Property Branch of Public Works and Government Services Canada, today celebrated the opening of the recently modernized port of entry in Prescott, Ontario.
“The economy is a priority for this Government,” said MP Brown. “Canada's Economic Action Plan is allowing for the modernization and expansion of border infrastructures that will ensure that Canada's shared border with the United States remains safe, secure and efficient.”
Recently completed, the project includes two commercial processing lanes, a new commercial building and a warehouse for processing and examining commercial shipments. In addition, a fourth primary inspection lane and a new, bigger traveller building were added enabling the CBSA to provide better service.
“Improvements to CBSA facilities help ensure the free flow of legitimate travel and trade across Canadian borders,” said Pierre Sabourin. “Our investment in the Prescott border crossing demonstrates the CBSA's ongoing commitment to the safety and prosperity of our country.”
The original facility in Prescott was constructed in 1960 and no longer met the CBSA's needs — especially for the examination of commercial shipments. The old port of entry was completely replaced with modern commercial and traveller examination installations.
The Government of Canada continues to take important steps in ensuring Canada's security and economic growth through the Economic Action Plan, making key investments in public infrastructure that benefit Canadian communities and support our country's prosperity.
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