Canadian border security: Most travellers aren’t fully screened

Millions of people arrive at Canadian border crossings each month, and CBC News has learned that most of them aren’t fully screened against the country’s major police database.

Most travellers are meant to be processed in under a minute by front-line border agents, who don’t have access to the Canadian Police Information Centre (CPIC) database.

CPIC contains criminal records, outstanding arrest warrants and other security information compiled by police.

It may seem ironic, but American border agents use CPIC at the primary inspection line to help screen travellers, while visitors to Canada aren’t all screened with this Canadian tool.

h/t Linda

  • 3 guesses

    everyone needs to read up on what…
    This happens a lot = border security IS VERY IMPORTANT! These gangs come from all over the world to target individuals who get on the wrong side of organized crime

    • Frau Katze

      Sounds they’re too cheap to hire more border staff.

  • cmh

    to screen someone (in particular, non Cdns) sets up a case for that non Cdn person to file a legal claim against the government based on the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms.

  • Minicapt

    … immigration lawyers.


  • Frau Katze

    We need to follow the Americans: everyone needs a passport.

    (mind you, apparently you don’t need one if you sneak across from Mexico).