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border crossing

New Technology Could Shave 1 Million Hours Off Canada-U.S. Border Wait Times

By SHANNON KELLY

Photo: chucka_nc

Border wait times between Canada and the U.S. could get a whole lot shorter in coming months and years, thanks to improved sensor technology to be installed near customs plazas that will provide up-to-the-minute traffic information to drivers on the approach. (more…)

Senate Committee Proposes Ways To Make Canadian Air Travel Cheaper

By SHANNON KELLY

Buffalo Niagara International Airport is one of more than a dozen U.S. border airports Canadians fly out of to save money (Photo: Melyssa Lipsey)

It’s no secret that Canadians frequently fly out of the U.S. to save on airfare, and Parliament may finally be taking notice. A senate committee is urging Ottawa to eliminate the rent it charges federally owned airports, a cost that is passed on to travellers, and that it ultimately release its ownership of Canadian airports. (more…)

New Regulations (Finally) Allow Cross-Border Car Rentals from U.S.

By SHANNON KELLY

Photo: Rebecca Brown

As of June 1 this year, Canadians will be able to rent a vehicle in the U.S. and drive it over the border to Canada thanks to a change to the Motor Vehicle Safety Act (which previously threatened Canadians attempting to transport a U.S.-owned rental across the border with seizure of the vehicle). (more…)

Re-entry to Canada at Airports About to Get Quicker and Easier

Customs lineup at Vancouver International Airport before installation of new Automated Border Clearance kiosks (Photo: Dennis S. Hurd)

A pilot program rolled out Vancouver International Airport (YVR) in 2010 allowing faster screening times for Canadians (and Canadian permanent residents) returning to Canada has been deemed a success, despite early misgivings, and is now being rolled out to other Canadian airports, the Canada Border Services Agency announced Friday.

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Easier Canada-US Border Crossings in 2012

Some travellers will be able to bypass lineups like this (at Toronto's Pearson airport) in 2012.
Photo by Roozbeh Rokni.

By Amanda Yiu

Canada and the US are taking steps to streamline border crossings for people, goods and services across their shared border via two key initiatives. (more…)