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Behind the scenes at the CBSA Lab: Using great chemistry to protect our borders

Showcasing the work of chemists.



(Scientist Patrick on screen)

Hi, I'm Patrick. Here to show you the important work we do here as chemists

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at the CBSA Lab. Think of us as detectives

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who find even small amounts of illegal materials,

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such as drugs, in seized items;

(Shot of a scientist analyzing test tube containing alcohol)

who test alcohol, tobacco and cannabis

(Shot of a beaker full of cigarettes)

to make sure they meet legal requirements;

(Shot of a scientist cutting a sample off of the inside of a coat, to analyze its material)

and who examine imports

(Shot of a scientist analyzing the coat sample under a microscope)

to identify the precise materials they are made of

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to collect the right tariffs.

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The work we do here helps keep our communities

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safe and our economy strong.

(Patrick on screen)

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We are always on the lookout for new talent.

For more information, search "corporate jobs" on our website.

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