CBSA takes close look at small and remote crossings
The Canada Border Services Agency has just released a report after evaluating small and remote Ports of Entry, an exercise that was necessary following the new perimeter security deal between Canada and the United States.
According to the report, there are numerous problems related to the general security and safety of the personnel working at some of those posts such as poor heating, rodent and pest problems, lack of potable water, inadequate space for interviewing travelers and a lack of cameras. The report also came to the conclusion that the crossings were often important if not crucial to small border communities where residents frequently crossed the border for things like food, gas and emergency services.
More than half of the country’s one hundred and seventeen land-border Posts of Entry fall into the category of small and remote border crossings. Those crossings process only a small percentage of the cross-border traffic (less than 5% in 2012-2013).
Highwater is not one of the busiest border posts in the region, but sees good traffic during the week-end.
Glen Sutton is so quiet that the road on the Quebec side is in one of the worst conditions in the province.