Expect longer line-ups at the border as summer holidays start

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THUNDER BAY – The Canada Day and 4th of July long weekends are near. That means increased traffic at the Canada / United States Border. The Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) are reminding travellers to plan ahead and allow extra time for travel as the summer season means increased cross-border traffic with the vacation season kick-off on the July long weekend.

This year, border crossings may also be busier with Government of Canada Bicentennial of the War of 1812 celebrations. Please see the Government of Canada’s 1812 Web site for further information.

“We are making every effort to minimize delays at our border crossings during busier long weekends by maximizing our resources with additional staff,” said Rick Comerford, Regional Director General, Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) Southern Ontario Region. “Travellers are also reminded that the new personal exemptions do not apply for same-day cross-border shoppers.”

For general border questions, contact the Border Information Service at 1-800-461-9999 for calls within Canada, or 204-983-3500 or 506-636-5064 for calls outside of Canada (long distance charges will apply). Officers are available Monday to Friday (08:00 – 16:00 local time / except holidays) should callers require additional information.

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