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37 workable days

The current estimated processing time of a complaint in calendar days.

Last updated: 2021-06-30

The Canada Border Services Agency would like to hear about your experience with us. Your feedback helps us to understand our clients and improve the delivery of our programs and services. Please send us your compliments, comments or complaints, in the official language (English or French) of your choice, through the feedback form below.

Note: If you have a general question for the CBSA, and not a compliment, comment or complaint, please refer to our Contact Us page.

What to expect

Compliments about your experiences with the CBSA will be passed on to the responsible manager and/or employee for recognition.

Comments and suggestions for improvements will be forwarded to the appropriate office or program area for consideration.

Complaints will be handled in an efficient, professional and impartial manner. Tell us when you think we could have done better. The CBSA takes all complaints very seriously and will respond directly to your concerns.

For more information on the CBSA complaints process or when to submit a complaint specific to an importation, please visit our Frequently asked questions and Service standards.

If you wish to file a complaint with respect to the Canadian Victims Bill of Rights (CVBR), please fill out our electronic CVBR form.

How to submit your feedback

To receive the most efficient service, we encourage you to submit your compliment, comment or complaint by completing our electronic feedback form.

Electronic feedback form


write to us at:

Recourse Directorate
Canada Border Services Agency
Ottawa, ON K1A 0L8

To fully address your feedback, we require:

Fiscal year , to

Feedback mechanism: complaints

1. Feedback mechanism: complaints: initial contact

Service description: Initial contact with the client is made in response to a complaint. The main purpose is to resolve the complaint at this stage.

Service standard: The CBSA will aim to contact the client within 14 calendar days after a written complaint is received.

Performance target: 85%

Performance result: The CBSA contacted 2,679 clients and met the service standard 78% of the time.

2. Feedback mechanism: complaints: final response

Service description: The CBSA provides a final written response to the complaint.

Service standard: The CBSA will aim to provide a final written response to the client within 40 calendar days after a written complaint is received.

Performance target: 90%

Performance result: The CBSA responded to 2,679 clients and met the service standard 91% 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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