Once the Preclearance Act is passed, two new preclearance sites in Quebec will be on the short list for approval
QUEBEC CITY, June 23, 2016 /CNW/ - The Government of Canada remains committed to making it faster and easier to travel from Canada into the United States.
The Government is taking the necessary steps to enable more regions of the country to enjoy the travel and economic benefits of preclearance operations. We are building on the success of the existing Canada–U.S. air transport preclearance framework which makes air travel more efficient for almost 12 million passengers every year at eight of Canada's busiest international airports.
Last Friday, the Honourable Ralph Goodale, Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness, announced the introduction of the Preclearance Act in the House of Commons. When passed, the bill will enable the implementation of the Agreement on Land, Rail, Marine and Air Transport Preclearance between the Government of Canada and the Government of the United States of America. Once the Agreement enters into force, preclearance operations at new locations in the land, rail, marine and air modes, in Canada and the U.S. could be implemented.
The preclearance initiative builds on the significant progress made during the Prime Minister's official visit to Washington. There, Prime Minister Trudeau and President Obama agreed in principle to expand preclearance to a number of new Canadian locations, including Quebec's Jean Lesage International Airport, Toronto's Billy Bishop City Airport, Montreal Central Station and the Rocky Mountaineer.
- During the Prime Minister's official visit to Washington on March 10, 2016, Prime Minister Trudeau and President Obama agreed in principle to expand preclearance to Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport, Quebec City's Jean Lesage International Airport, Montreal Central Station and Rocky Mountaineer.
- Existing preclearance operations enable travellers to enter the U.S. as domestic passengers and create a more comprehensive transportation network for them by giving them privileged access to non-international U.S. airports (i.e., those without customs and immigration facilities).
- The Agreement can only enter into force once both countries have enacted the required implementing legislation. New preclearance operations, such as at Quebec's Jean Lesage International Airport and the Montreal Central Station, will require approval by both countries.
"I'm proud that our government is taking action on its commitment to ensuring a more efficient and secure border that contributes to Canada's economic growth and prosperity. On Friday, we introduced legislation required to implement the Canada–U.S. Preclearance Agreement. It's a step towards the implementation of the Preclearance Center at Jean-Lesage Airport. Quebec City was one of four locations announced by Prime Minister Trudeau and President Obama in March 2016 and I'm happy to see progress made last week."
– Jean-Yves Duclos, Minister of Families, Children and Social Development, on behalf of Ralph Goodale, Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness
"We are delighted by this announcement as this legislation will allow the ratification of the preclearance agreement. This is an important step towards implementing a preclearance center at the Québec City Jean Lesage International Airport and at the Montréal Central Station."
– Jacques Daoust, Minister of Transport, Sustainable Mobility and Transport Electrification
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