COUTTS, AB, Aug. 18 /CNW Telbec/ - Rick Casson, Member of Parliament for
Lethbridge, Alberta, on behalf of the Minister of Public Safety, the
Honourable Stockwell Day, announced today that a NEXUS lane and enrolment
centre have opened at the Coutts, Alberta-Sweetgrass, Montana border crossing.
"The Government of Canada is proud that NEXUS is expanding at the land
border in Coutts, Alberta," said Minister Day. "This lane will enable both
Canadian and American NEXUS members to travel quickly and securely between
Canada and the United States."
The new enrolment centre, located on the U.S. side of the border, will
also make it more convenient for residents of the Coutts region to apply to
the NEXUS program.
NEXUS is a joint Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) and U.S. Customs
and Border Protection program that is designed to simplify border crossings
for pre-approved travellers. On land, NEXUS members can use NEXUS lanes at
15 locations when travelling across the Canada-U.S. border.
The NEXUS program is also available at eight major Canadian airports and
at over 450 locations for the marine mode of transportation. In addition, the
NEXUS card is an accepted alternative document to the passport under the U.S.
Western Hemisphere Travel Initiative when travelling to the United States by
air (at designated airports), land and sea.
This NEXUS expansion also demonstrates how the CBSA is preparing to
ensure the smooth flow of legitimate travellers across the border in the lead
up to the 2010 Winter Olympics.
For more information, please visit the NEXUS Web site at www.nexus.gc.ca.
For further information:
For further information: Mélisa Leclerc, Office of the Honourable
Stockwell Day, Minister of Public Safety, (613) 991-2863; Lisa White, Media
Relations, Canada Border Services Agency, (403) 292-4011