MP Davidson announces NEXUS has expanded to all Canadian waterways



    SARNIA, April 30 /CNW Telbec/ - Patricia Davidson, Member of Parliament
for Sarnia-Lambton, on behalf of the Minister of Public Safety, the Honourable
Stockwell Day, announced today that the NEXUS program has expanded to all
Canadian waterways. This will allow eligible Canadian recreational boaters to
expedite their border clearance between Canada and the United States.
    "Canada's New Government is delivering on its commitment to make our
borders smarter and more secure for Canadians," said Minister Day. "As of
today, Canadian recreational boaters who are part of the NEXUS program will be
able to take advantage of this great program."
    "I encourage Canadian boaters to apply for a NEXUS membership because
using a NEXUS card is a more convenient, time-saving and secure way to cross
the border," said Ms. Davidson. "Instead of waiting on arrival to get border
clearance, NEXUS members can now call 30 minutes to four hours ahead of time
to a telephone reporting centre in the marine mode."
    "The success of NEXUS has been instrumental in creating a secure and
streamlined crossing process for good neighbours on both sides of the border,"
said W. Ralph Basham, Commissioner of U.S. Customs and Border Protection. "I
look forward to the continued success and expansion of NEXUS, and a continued
strong working relationship with the Canadian government and Canadian
citizens."
    NEXUS is a joint initiative of the Canada Border Services Agency and U.S.
Customs and Border Protection that facilitates quick and secure entry into
Canada and the United States for pre-approved, low-risk travellers.
    In December 2006, the NEXUS Air, Highway and Marine programs were
harmonized into one trusted traveller program. NEXUS members are now "in for
one, in for all" and can cross the border using any of the three modes at
participating locations.
    NEXUS is an initiative under the Security and Prosperity Partnership of
North America that provides a framework to advance collaboration between
Canada, the United States and Mexico in areas as diverse as security, trade
facilitation, transportation, the environment and public health.

    For more information, please visit the NEXUS Web site at www.nexus.gc.ca
or call 1-866-NEXUS-26.




For further information:

For further information: Mélisa Leclerc, Director of Communications,
Office of the Honourable Stockwell Day, Minister of Public Safety, (613)
991-2863; Media Relations: Canada Border Services Agency, (613) 957-6500


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