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10/19/2014 - 12:45
The Honourable Lisa Raitt, Minister of Transport, on behalf of the Honourable Rona Ambrose, Federal Minister of Health, will launch a campaign aimed at helping parents effectively talk with their teens about the harmful effects of marijuana use and prescription drug abuse.
10/19/2014 - 10:45
The Honourable Rona Ambrose, Minister of Health, today announced that the Government of Canada has begun to exercise its Ebola Rapid Response Teams to ensure Canada is ready to respond in the event of a first case of Ebola in Canada.
10/19/2014 - 09:00
Ed Fast, Minister of International Trade, James Moore, Minister of Industry, and Maxime Bernier, Minister of State (Small Business and Tourism) (Agriculture), today marked the beginning of the Business Development Bank of Canada's Small Business Week, which runs from October 19 to 25.
10/19/2014 - 07:00
As Citizenship Week draws to a close, Canada's Citizenship and Immigration Minister highlighted the government's commitment to protecting Canada's citizenship system from fraud and abuse.

More travellers to enjoy expedited border processing

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Chilliwack- More pre-screened travellers will enjoy expedited processing at the border now that the Canada Border Service Agency (CBSA) has lifted the three-year residency requirement for Canadian and United States citizens who apply to NEXUS.

"In a time of heightened security concerns, we have worked closely with our American partners to keep the border open to legitimate trade. The expansion of the NEXUS program will facilitate lawful trade and travel bringing economic benefits to both countries," said Strahl.

As part of the Beyond the Border Action Plan, effective June 30, 2012, the CBSA lifted the three-year residency requirement for Canadian and United States citizens to apply to NEXUS.

By amending the three-year residency requirement, the CBSA is extending NEXUS membership eligibility to citizens of Canada or the United States currently residing abroad, or who have recently returned to Canada or the United States.

As pre-approved travellers, NEXUS members can expedite their travel across the Canada-U.S. border at designated air, land and marine locations. The NEXUS program allows border services officers to concentrate their efforts on unknown or higher-risk travellers and goods.

The CBSA and U.S. Customs and Border Protection also recently announced that they have begun enrolment blitzes to assist with increasing application volumes. Three successful blitzes took place over May and June 2012 which enrolled over 1,000 new members of the NEXUS program. Future blitzes will be considered based on application volumes.

For more information on our Action Plan on Perimeter Security and Economic Competitiveness, please visit: www.borderactionplan.gc.ca.

For more information on NEXUS, go to www.nexus.gc.ca.

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