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The Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) facilitates the flow of legitimate travellers and trade. The agency also enforces more than 100 acts and regulations that keep our country and Canadians safe.


Our Mandate:

The agency is responsible for providing integrated border services that support national security and public safety priorities and facilitate the free flow of persons and goods, including animals and plants, that meet all requirements under the program legislation.


What we do:

The Canada Border Services Agency carries out its responsibilities with a workforce of approximately 14,000 employees, including over 6,500 uniformed CBSA officers who provide services at approximately 1,200 points across Canada and at 39 international locations.



The Canada Border Services Agency’s legislative, regulatory and partnership responsibilities include:

administering legislation that governs the admissibility of people and goods, plants and animals into and out of Canada
detaining those people who may pose a threat to Canada
removing people who are inadmissible to Canada, including those involved in terrorism, organized crime, war crimes or crimes against humanity
interdicting illegal goods entering or leaving the country
protecting food safety, plant and animal health, and Canada’s resource base
promoting Canadian business and economic benefits by administering trade legislation and trade agreements to meet Canada’s international obligations
enforcing trade remedies that help protect Canadian industry from the injurious effects of dumped and subsidized imported goods
administering a fair and impartial redress mechanism
promoting Canadian interests in various international forums and with international organizations
collecting applicable duties and taxes on imported goods

Our work at the border and beyond:

– The CBSA manages 117 land-border crossings and operates at 13 international airports
Of these land-border crossings, 61 operate on a 24/7 basis, as well as 10 of the international airports
– Officers carry out marine operations at major ports, the largest being Halifax, Montréal and Vancouver, and at numerous marinas and reporting stations
– Officers perform operations at 27 rail sites
– The CBSA investigates, detects, and apprehends violators of the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act
– The CBSA conducts lengthy and complex investigations of suspected war criminals, national security cases, and organized crime groups
– The CBSA represents the interests of the CBSA and CIC at Minister’s Delegate, Immigration Division (ID), Immigration Appeal Division (IAD), Refugee Protection Division (RPD), and Federal Court proceedings
– The CBSA processes and examines international mail at 3 mail processing centres
– The CBSA administers more than 90 acts, regulations and international agreements, many on behalf of other federal departments and agencies, the provinces and the territories

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