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Feds to invest $80 million in upgrades for three border crossings

OTTAWA, Ont. -- The Canadian government has announced up to $80 million in funding to expand and improve three border crossings across the country.


OTTAWA, Ont. — The Canadian government has announced up to $80 million in funding to expand and improve three border crossings across the country.

The Lansdowne Border Crossing, located at the Canadian side of the Thousand Islands Bridge in Lansdowne, Ont., will be getting up to $60 million in infrastructure improvements, according to Gord Brown, M.P. for Leeds-Grenville. The crossing boasted more than $14 billion in two-way trade in 2012.

“These improvements, including a new Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) inspection plaza, will make the Lansdowne Border Crossing more efficient, reliable and secure,” Brown said.

The Emerson Border Crossing, located just south of Winnipeg, will receive up to $10 million in infrastructure upgrades, including improvements to the CBSA inspection facility, “aimed at reducing wait times and alleviating traffic congestion,” according to Candice Bergen, M.P. for Portage-Lisgar.

As the main Canada-US border crossing in Manitoba with almost $19 billion in two-way trade in 2012, Bergen stressed that, “Modern border infrastructure is essential to keeping trade moving and our economy on the right track.”

The North Portal Border Crossing, located southeast of Regina, is earmarked for up to $10 million for the expansion and modernization of the North Portal’s CBSA commercial facility.

As the main Canada-US border crossing in Saskatchewan with almost $12 billion in two-way trade in 2012, Tom Lukiwski, M.P. for Regina-Lumsden-Lake Centre noted:

“These improvements will provide increased capacity for commercial traffic and will minimize border wait times, while at the same time strengthening security.”


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