OTTAWA, Oct. 24 /CNW Telbec/ - The Minister of Public Safety, the
Honourable Stockwell Day, announced today that on December 1, 2007, the
Government of Canada will reduce the CAN$80 application fees for the NEXUS and
the Free and Secure Trade (FAST) programs to CAN$50, which will coincide with
the current cost of these application fees in the United States at US$50.
"This new application fee is a result of the strong Canadian economy,"
said Minister Day. "Canadians work hard to support themselves and their
families. When they purchase goods, they deserve to pay a price that reflects
the strength of the Canadian dollar."
NEXUS is a joint Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) and U.S. Customs
and Border Protection (CBP) program that is designed to simplify border
crossings for pre-approved travellers. It is currently available at eight
major Canadian airports and 11 land border crossings.
FAST is a joint CBSA-U.S. CBP commercial program that provides
pre-approved and security-cleared carriers, importers and drivers with an
enhanced and speedier clearance process at the Canada-U.S. land border. It is
available at 22 land border crossings across the country.
The NEXUS and FAST cards are also accepted alternative documents to the
passport under the U.S. Western Hemisphere Travel Initiative, a U.S. law that
will eventually require all Canadians and Americans who are entering the
United States to have a valid passport or other approved WHTI-compliant
For further information:
For further information: Mélisa Leclerc, Office of the Honourable
Stockwell Day, Minister of Public Safety, (613) 991-2863; Media Relations,
Canada Border Services Agency, (613) 957-6500