Canada column for Sunday, June 29/14
THE CANADIAN REPORT
(c) By Jim Fox
The cross-border travels of Canadians will come under additional scrutiny beginning Monday.
It’s part of an expanded security plan by the Canada Border Services Agency to include information-sharing on all travelers.
The tracking system involves exchanging entry information collected at the Canada-U.S. land borders so that data on entry to one country would serve as a record of exit from the other.
This will allow the Canadian government to use the data for such things as catching unemployment insurance cheats to ensuring people ineligible to stay in Canada have left the country.
Canada also wants to begin collecting information on people leaving by air, which is already done by the United States, by requiring airlines to submit passenger manifest data for outbound international flights.
The first two phases of the program were limited to foreign nationals and permanent residents of Canada and the U.S., but not citizens of either country.
The entry-exit initiative is a key element of the perimeter security deal intended to help ease the passage of travelers and cargo across the Canada-U.S. border while bolstering continental security.