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Friday, December 1, 2023

Canada intends technological fixes to create traveling the border quickly


Key takeaways: 

  • Facial recognition, advance customs orders, electronic gates are the intended modifications.
  • Quick traveling intended by the Canadian government.

The Canadian government fixes technical issues for fast traveling: 

Flickering through the Canada-U.S. border in 15 seconds. Facial recognition cameras at the airport unlock an electronic gate. Sending your order to customs before you even get off the airplane.

Those are only some of the differences in the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) works — somewhat due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Denis Vinette, vice-president of the CBSA’s travelers branch, stated the agency had regarded technological modifications to the border — but the pandemic has let it breakthrough “glass ceilings” that were in the path. Source –

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Canada planning technological fixes to make crossing the border faster

When COVID-19 struck, the CBSA was faced with a challenge. Vinette questioned how officers bear the “mounds of paper” and medical information the Public Health Agency of Canada demanded travelers to show? He stated the answer was to move to an internet cloud environment and create the ArriveCan app. Source –

“ArriveCan, even though we’ve got low journey volumes, has been a game-changer,” stated Vinette. “It lets us deal with the information needed freshly and nimbly.” Source –

The ArriveCan app also fixed a new system presented at the Toronto and Vancouver airports. The system permits travelers returning to Canada to voluntarily send their customs orders to CBSA before their airplane even lands.

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