Forward Regulatory Plan: 2017-2019
Entry/Exit Initiative

Description of the objective

The Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) is proposing to create new regulations to govern the collection of information on all persons leaving Canada in support of proposed amendments to the Customs Act and the ongoing implementation of the Entry/Exit initiative. The collection of reliable exit information on all persons leaving Canada is necessary to further improve border management and support public policy priorities across the Government of Canada, including enhanced law enforcement, national security and program integrity.

Under this proposal, the CBSA would begin by collecting routine biographic information on all persons leaving Canada by land and by air as these two modes account for the significant volume of outbound travellers each year. The collection of information on persons departing Canada by marine and rail may be undertaken at a later date.

Enabling Act: Customs Act (pending passage through Parliament of the amended legislation and the receipt of Royal Assent of Bill C-21 An Act to amend the Customs Act)

Indication of business impacts

There may be business impacts. The "One-for-One" Rule and/or the Small Business Lens may apply.

Public consultation opportunities

Public consultations with impacted stakeholders regarding the implementation of the Entry/Exit initiative have been ongoing since the announcement of the Beyond the Border Action Plan. A new round of consultations will be held following the Royal Assent of Bill C-21 to provide impacted stakeholders with an overview of the proposed regulations and identify any new requirements.

All interested parties will be provided the opportunity to participate in the regulatory development process following the pre-publication of the regulations in Part I of the Canada Gazette and by announcement on the Consulting with Canadians website.  

Departmental Contact

Andrew Lawrence
Programs Branch
Canada Border Services Agency
Tel.: 343-291-7534

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