What is the Border Watch Line?
The Border Watch line is a confidential tip line that is monitored 24 hours a day, 7 days a week in both official languages. The tip line is an important avenue for the public to report suspicious cross border activity or suspicious immigration activity.
The Canada Border Services Agency works hard to intercept illegal activity to help keep Canada and Canadians safe and secure.
If you have information about suspicious cross border or suspicious immigration activity, please contact the Canada Border Services Agency Border Watch Toll-free Line at 1-888-502-9060 within North America.
The more detailed information you can provide, the better - but remember that no information, however trivial it may seem, is too small. Your help may be the missing piece of the puzzle that we are looking for. Reporting suspicions, even after the fact, can be an effective means of stopping future smuggling attempts.
Please never try to take the law into your own hands, or get involved in any illegal activities. If you have witnessed or are aware of an incident, for your own protection, please do not get involved or try to gather evidence. Just let us know.
Frequently Asked Questions
Will my call be confidential?
Yes. All calls are completely confidential.
Do I have to call during certain hours?
No. You can call at any time, any day of the week. The Canada Border Services Agency Border Watch Toll-free line (1-888-502-9060) is available within North America 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, in both official languages.
Will my phone call be recorded?
Will the information I give be shared with anyone else, like the police?
The Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) works in close partnership with law enforcement bodies, such as the Integrated Border Enforcement Teams, provincial and local police, as well as with other customs organizations around the world. If the information received is relevant to any of our partners, we may share it. However, the caller's identity (even provided to us) will remain confidential.
What kind of information are you looking for?
As a guide, we are interested in the following information:
- Name of individual or company
- Date of birth or approximate age
- Location, date and time of suspected illegal activity
- Physical description of individual, including clothing worn
- Address, if known
- Phone numbers, if known
- Conveyance: car, boat, airplane or train
- Known associates
- Known business ties
However, you do not need to have all of the above information before calling the CBSA Border Watch Toll-free Line. We will accept and research any detail, even if it seems trivial.
Will callers get a reward for giving information?
As a general rule, the CBSA does not offer cash rewards to callers for providing information. However, in rare cases, and under highly regulated circumstances, the CBSA may provide a cash reward to individuals who provide information.
If you receive false information, could this lead to unnecessary searches or detentions when someone is crossing the border?
No. All information received will be thoroughly researched. If the information proves to be false, no action will be taken.
How is this toll-free line different from Crime Stoppers or the RCMP hotlines?
We deal specifically with suspicious cross-border activities that take place at the border, and suspicious immigration activity. If the information received is relevant to any of our partners, such as the Integrated Border Enforcement Teams, police or the RCMP, we may share it.
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