New Border Deal Between Canada and the USA

2011-12-12

Prior to the events of 9/11, border crossings and air travel between Canada and the USA were quite painless. You didn’t even need a passport for land crossings, and border waits were usually short.

After 9/11, both Canada and the USA implemented strict security measures and travel and trade between Canada and the USA became cumbersome, lengthy, and ultimately costly for business.

Our Prime Minister, Stephen Harper, and the President of the USA, Barack Obama, recently signed an unprecedented security and trade agreement between the two countries that will finally ease restrictions and facilitate the movement of goods and people, which ultimately leads to economic growth and opportunities for people on both sides of the border.

Some of the highlights of the new deal include:

  • Clearing baggage only once in one country (not twice).
  • Dedicated lanes for commercial traffic and new technology to speed border crossings.
  • Certain products gaining faster approval by regulatory bodies in both countries.
  • Less paperwork for goods crossing the border.
  • New systems to clear cargo in a timely manner.
  • Coordination of emergency measures to respond to threats.

However, in order to implement this new system, there will be even greater sharing of information on citizens of each country.  Police records and other security information will undoubtedly be rapidly shared between agencies, and that information will be quickly available to border guards at border crossings and airports.

In my view, it is a small price to pay for better and faster access to the US market.  Information sharing was already happening and it would continue regardless of any border or security deals between the two countries.

What does this mean for potential Canadian immigrants?  It means that immigration to Canada offers yet another advantage – faster and easier access to the US for personal and business reasons.

Click here to read more about the new deal.

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Gianpaolo Panusa Gianpaolo Panusa is a Canadian immigration lawyer, writer, and founder of the PanCanadian Immigration Law Group based in Vancouver, Canada. Google+ Profile

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