Harper government announces faster, more convenient air travel to the United States for passengers and their baggage

December 22, 2011

Transport Canada

Following the Beyond the Border announcement made by Prime Minister Stephen Harper and U.S. President Barack Obama earlier this month, Pierre Poilievre, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Transport, Infrastructure and Communities, and for the Federal Economic Agency for Southern Ontario, announced today that travelling to the United States (U.S.) by air will be easier for Canadian travellers.

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Canadian Food Inspection Agency: Joint Action Plan Initiatives

December 20, 2011

Canadian Food Inspection Agency

BTB Initiatives include: Better protect Canada and the United States from offshore food-safety, animal and plant health risks by conducting joint assessments and audits for plant, animal, and food-safety systems in third countries.

RCC Initiatives include: Develop common approaches to food safety, in light of food safety modernization efforts in both countries, to jointly enhance the safety of the Canada-U.S. food supply and minimize the need for routine food safety surveillance inspection activities in each other’s country (applies to products within the mandates of both the Canadian Food Inspection Agency and the U.S. Food and drug Administration).

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Provide Your Input on the Beyond the Border Action Plan

December 12, 2011

Department of Homeland Security

Your input on innovative approaches to security and economic competitiveness will help guide the implementation of the Beyond the Border Action Plan and ensure its success.

There are a number of ways to provide input on the Beyond the Border Action Plan. You can:

  • Direct written comments to:

Beyond the Border Coordinator
U.S. Department of Homeland Security
Mailstop 0455
Washington, D.C. 20016

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Canadian and U.S. Agencies Partner to Modernize Food Safety

December 12, 2011

Michael R. Taylor
Deputy Commissioner for Foods
Food and Drug Administration

As Deputy Commissioner for Foods at the Food and Drug Administration, I led a delegation to Ottawa on October 21 to meet with officials from the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) and Health Canada to discuss how to best cooperate on our efforts to modernize our respective food safety systems.  I also had the opportunity to hear from Canadian industry representatives on their ideas of how FDA could implement the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) in the most efficient manner as we continue to protect public health.  This trip furthered our efforts to reach out and collaborate with our colleagues abroad who will be our partners as we put FSMA in place, especially those provisions concerning imported food.

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Public Safety Minister Toews and U.S. Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano discuss Border Security and Trade

December 12, 2011

Vic Toews and Janet Napolitano
Discussion of border security and trade

The Honourable Vic Toews, Minister of Public Safety, made the following statement after meeting with U.S. Secretary of Homeland Security, Janet Napolitano, to discuss border security and trade.

“Canada and the United States have long cooperated on trade and security measures at the border,” said Minister Toews. “The Beyond the Border Action Plan announced last week by Prime Minister Harper and President Obama demonstrates our shared commitment to create economic opportunities and to improve the border by identifying security threats as early as possible and to facilitate the legitimate flow of goods and travel.”

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Commissioner Bersin Hosts Trade Advisory Committee Meeting in D.C.

December 9, 2011

U.S. Customs and Border Protection

When members of the Advisory Committee on Commercial Operations of Customs and Border Protection, otherwise known as COAC, gathered in Washington, D.C., on Wednesday for their last public meeting of the year, there was a great sense of accomplishment. Both COAC, comprised of 20 appointed members from the international trade community, and the government agencies that hosted the gathering acknowledged the significant progress that had been made.

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A Great Border Deal for Both Sides — if US Doesn’t Block it

December 8, 2011

Chris Sands
Huffington Post Canada
December 8, 2011

Chris Sands’ analysis of the two action plans for the Regulatory Cooperation Council and the Beyond the Border Working Group.

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