As an additional border security measure, Canada will soon begin collecting data on travellers leaving the country.
The initiative was brought in by Bill C-21, which amended the Customs Act, and will allow the Canadian government to have more complete information on travel history. This will help identify high-risk travellers such as terrorists and drug smugglers, as well as identify individuals who have failed to leave the country before they are required to do so, such as those who may be receiving benefits under false claims of Canadian residency.
These measures are also designed to help reprioritize immigration investigations for wanted individuals who have left Canada and will help increase global security. The information gathered at the border will also give concrete information about travellers’ length of stay in other countries for tax purposes.
The bill was passed on December 13 of last year, and the new procedures are expected to take effect later this year.