CBSA officially opens modern POE facility at Lansdowne
A newly constructed Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) facility at the Lansdowne port of entry (POE) has been officially opened, replacing the former commercial facility built in 1960 and the traveller facility constructed in 1972.
“I am very proud of the work our staff here at Lansdowne undertake every day to facilitate the free flow of persons and goods while also protecting the security of Canada and Canadians,” says John Ossowski, president of Canada Border Services Agency. “This new facility is evidence of the CBSA working in close partnership with stakeholders to renew our infrastructure to meet the border management needs of today as well as into the future.”
The 76,000 square foot building is about three times the size of the old facility, the Government of Canada notes, and was a $60 million investment. The infrastructure improvements involved the complete renovation and expansion of the entire Canadian plaza, including an expansion of the CBSA travellers’ facility, the secondary examination facilities and better roadways.
The Federal Bridge Corporation Limited, a Canadian Crown corporation, was tasked with the project’s oversight and completion, as the developer and new owner. Construction began in the spring of 2015 and finished in December 2017.
The project follows through on commitments made in the Beyond the Border Action Plan, the government notes, which were announced in December 2011.
Almost $2.5 billion dollars’ worth of two-way trade passes between Canada and the United States every day, in addition to more than 400,000 travellers.