Forward Regulatory Plan: 2018-2020
Regulatory amendments consequent to the Conveyance Presentation and Reporting Requirements Modernization Act

Description of the objective

The purpose of the proposal is to:

  1. Allow a conveyance that is in Canada and its passengers to travel into or through international waters/airspace and return to Canada without reporting to the CBSA on the condition that they did not land on foreign soil or embark any people or goods in the foreign waters/airspace.
  2. Allow a conveyance to travel into or through Canadian waters or airspace without reporting to the CBSA on the condition that they do not land on Canadian soil or disembark any people or goods in Canada.

Amendments are required to the following regulations:

Current legislation states that all persons entering Canada are required to present themselves upon their arrival in Canada (pursuant to section 11 of the Customs Act) and to appear for examination (under section 18 of the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act). Persons are also required to report any goods that they are importing into Canada under section 12 of the Customs Act.

Bill S-233 updated this legislation in order to be congruent with the existing CBSA practices and relieved the reporting requirement of low-risk travellers who incidentally cross into and out of Canadian waters with no intention of seeking admission into Canada.

Enabling 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

Social media, including Facebook and Twitter, will be leveraged to expand the reach of messaging concerning the updated maritime reporting requirements for private boaters and operators of passenger conveyances (such as cruise ships, tour boats, ferries and aircraft).

In addition, a consultation network was established with the cruise ship industry in 2013 and continues to be used for consultation purposes.

Consultation will be conducted through the Consulting with Canadians website.

Departmental Contact

Madona Radi
Programs Branch
Canada Border Services Agency
Tel: 613-954-6319

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