OTTAWA, Oct. 29, 2013 /CNW/ - Today, the Honourable Lisa Raitt, Minister
of Transport, addressed the SecureTech 2013 Conference on the
Government of Canada's ongoing work to strengthen the security of
Canada's land borders and aviation system.
"Our government is pursuing an ambitious trade agenda that requires safe
and secure supply chains to move products to market," said Minister
Raitt. "In today's global economy, a solid economy relies on solid
With the rapid growth of international travel and global supply chains
in recent years, the Government of Canada is taking important steps to
ensure Canadians have access to an efficient, reliable and secure
transportation system, which will benefit their families, and
businesses, in the years ahead.
Since 2006, the federal government has committed over $2 billion to
Investments continue today and include full body scanners and baggage
screening equipment upgrades, as well as enhancements to the screening
of air cargo and non-passengers. In addition, under the Canada-US
Beyond the Border agreement announced in 2011, pre-screened low-risk
travellers flying to the United States can get faster service by using
their NEXUS cards to access designated security lines for pre-board
screening at many of Canada's airports.
In spring 2013 the Government of Canada announced $127 million in
funding to expand and modernize facilities at the ports of entry in
Lacolle, QC; Lansdowne, ON; Emerson, MB, and North Portal, SK.
Improvements will increase capacity for commercial traffic, reduce wait
times and strengthen border security. The continued development of the
Detroit River International Crossing will also support growing trade
and traffic at the busiest Canada -U.S. commercial border crossing.
More information on the SecureTech 2013 Conference can be found here: https://www.securetechcanada.ca/index.php.
SOURCE: Transport Canada
For further information:
Senior Communications Advisor
Office of the Honourable Lisa Raitt
Minister of Transport
Transport Canada, Ottawa
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