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We are happy to provide information on CBSA programs, services and initiatives. In return, we ask that all interactions with our agents be conducted in a respectful and appropriate manner. Questions related to specific individuals and or businesses, including third party requests cannot and will not be answered.

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We will not respond to any submissions that contain attachments or links due to security measures. Submissions that contain profanity will also not be addressed.

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We are currently receiving higher than normal volumes of inquiries online. If your inquiry is time-sensitive, please contact us by phone at 1-800-461-9999 (toll-free in Canada and the USA).


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Our automated telephone service provides information in English and French on CBSA programs, services and initiatives through recorded scripts.

Live agents are available:

Updated: 2024-04-09 Monday to Friday 8 am to 4 pm local time, as per time zones in Canada and USA (closed on federal statutory holidays)

Within Canada and the United States


Warning: Scammers may call you from what appears to be this number (Caller ID spoofing) and identify themselves as CBSA officers. Learn more: Protect yourself against fraud.

TTY (for those with hearing or speech impairments)

Outside Canada and the United States

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Recorded menu options

From a rotary-dial phone, you will be automatically transferred to an agent at the end of the recorded menu if you call during business hours.

When using a touch-tone phone, you must choose one of the following five options before pressing 0 to speak to an agent.

  1. Personal travel
  2. CBSA Assessment and Revenue Management project (CARM)
    • Hours of operation: Monday to Friday, 7 am to 5 pm ET
  3. Business importation/exportation
  4. Exchange rates
  5. Coming or returning to Canada

You can use the following commands at any time during the recorded message.

  • Press "star" * to return to the previous menu
  • Press "pound" # to repeat the message

Mailing address

Canada Border Services Agency
Ottawa, ON
K1A 0L8

Service standard

Fiscal year , to

Border Information Services (BIS)

Service description: Provide the option to speak with a BIS agent by pressing 0 during regular business hours.

Service standard: BIS agents will aim to answer calls within 5 minutes (300 seconds) from the moment the client presses 0 to speak with an agent.

Performance target: 75%

Performance result: The BIS agents answered 866,241 calls and met the service standard 56.3% of the time.

For more information on all service standards and performance results for previous years, consult the CBSA service standards.

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