Pilot Project for Travellers in Remote Areas – Quebec (PPTRA-Q)
MONTRÉAL, June 25, 2014 /CNW Telbec/ - The Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) is launching a new pilot on July 14, 2014, that will allow residents in remote areas to enter Canada outside of regular port-of-entry hours of operation. The Pilot Project for Travellers in Remote Areas – Quebec (PPTRA-Q) allows for telephone reporting at select remote land-border locations where service hours differ from those at the U.S. Ports. To participate, applicants must meet the eligibility criteria and complete an application process. In addition, participants will report by telephone upon arrival at the border.
- The Pilot Project for Travellers in Remote Areas – Quebec (PPTRA-Q) has replaced the Q-19 program. Q-19 was created in 1978 to facilitate commercial passage when specific remote CBSA ports of entry in Quebec are closed. Travellers with secondary residences in these regions were later integrated into the program.
- The Q-19 program was designed to facilitate the crossing of travellers and commercial drivers at five locations along the Quebec-Maine border when CBSA ports of entry are closed.
- This program was available at the following remote CBSA offices or border crossing roads: Sainte-Aurélie, Saint-Just-de-Bretenières, Saint-Pamphile, Pohénégamook and a non-guarded private road in Saint-Zacharie.
"The Government of Canada remains committed to keeping our borders efficient, while addressing risks at the earliest possible opportunity. The CBSA will continue to maintain high security standards while improving access to after-hours border services for legitimate travellers between Canada and the United States."
The Honourable Steven Blaney
Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness
SOURCE: Canada Border Services Agency
For further information: Media Relations, Canada Border Services Agency - Quebec Region, 1-514-350-6130