OTTAWA, Ont. — Elinor Caplan, Minister of National Revenue, says Canada’s borders and airports and sea ports are more secure today than at any other time in our history.
“I know that, on this, the second anniversary of the tragic events of September 11, 2001, Canadians are concerned about security at the border, said the minister. “Canadians can rest assured that the CCRA will continue to actively work to protect their security at the border.”
Since September 11, 2001, the Canada Customs and Revenue Agency (CCRA) says it has invested $165 million in the implementation of an action plan to protect Canadians. The initial investment is the beginning of a six-year, $433 million commitment to security, made by the Government of Canada. Further investments are being made to implement the Customs Action Plan and the smart border. As a result, our front line officers are now, more than ever, equipped with better tools, intelligence and training to protect our borders.
The CCRA is continuously enhancing border management through state of the art equipment such as the VACIS machine and iris recognition technology. Our strong working relationship with our U.S. partners demonstrates the trust that the international community has in our customs program.
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