Government of Canada moves to expand publicly funded border services at airports

    QUEBEC, April 3 /CNW Telbec/ - Today the Honourable Josée Verner,
Minister of Intergovernmental Affairs, on behalf of the Honourable Peter Van
Loan, Minister of Public Safety, announced that the Government of Canada is
investing money in expanding publicly funded services provided by the Canada
Border Services Agency (CBSA) at the Québec City Jean Lesage International
    Earlier this week, Minister Van Loan announced that the CBSA will be
providing new levels of publicly funded services at six strategic airports in
Canada. "I am pleased to say that Jean Lesage airport will be receiving a
portion of this investment," said Minister Verner, speaking to reporters at
the airport.
    "Our government has been working hard to address the concerns of Canada's
air industry. We have worked with stakeholders to find solutions for these
concerns and this collaboration clearly demonstrates our commitment to the
economic prosperity of Canada," said Minister Van Loan on Monday.
    The investment is being made under the provisions of the CBSA's new Air
Services Policy Framework that came into effect on April 1, 2009. The
framework provides a service delivery approach that is fair, transparent and
    During his earlier announcement, Minister Van Loan recognized the
importance of expanding publicly funded border services at the six strategic
airports. "In today's recessionary environment, the freedom and security of
cross-border travel and commerce provides an essential foundation for our
    Today Minister Verner told reporters that with this investment Jean
Lesage airport may now offer its international passengers more flexibility in
their travel plans. "The CBSA is expanding its daily operations to provide
24-7 border clearance services on a seasonal basis. These important service
changes allow this airport to remain competitive in a dynamic and growing
travel industry."
    Implementing the Air Services Policy Framework will enable the CBSA to
assess, on a case-by-case basis, whether the addition or expansion of publicly
funded border services at the requesting eligible site is viable and
sustainable. The CBSA continues to work closely with industry stakeholders.

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