In their Member Advisory issued on March 28, 2014, the Canadian Snowbird Association (CSA) discussed the joint Canada/U.S. declaration titled Beyond the Border: A Shared Vision for Perimeter Security and Economic Competitiveness.
The purpose of the program is to “to enhance our security and accelerate the legitimate flow of people, goods, and services.”
Part of the declaration includes a bi-national border initiative in which entry and exit data will be shared on individuals travelling between Canada and the United States.
While the initial stages of this border initiative have already been implemented, the information shared has been limited to permanent residents and third-country nationals. On June 30, 2014, the border program was scheduled to be expanded to include both Canadian and American citizens.
The CSA has recently learned that the full exchange of data on Canadian and American travellers has been delayed. According to Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA), the required legislative and regulatory changes have still not been made.
At this time, a new effective date has not yet been established.
We will provide you with more information as soon as it becomes available.
If you have any questions or comments related to this matter, please do not hesitate to contact the CSA office (SEE details below)
Please Note: The above information is courtesy of Canadian Snowbird Association.
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Canadian Snowbird Association (CSA)
The Canadian Snowbird Association (CSA) is a 70,000 member national not-for-profit advocacy organization.
The CSA is dedicated to actively defending and improving the rights and privileges of travelling Canadians.
In 1992, one thousand and ninety-two dedicated Canadians came together in a show of absolute unity to stage a rally in Lakeland, Florida. Many were seniors living on fixed or limited incomes. Some held property in the United States. Some were simply on vacation. All believed in the Canada Health Act, and the basic right of Canadians to receive the same treatment abroad as Canadians receive at home.
What started as a crusade to find affordable emergency out-of-country travel health coverage has grown into a national organization, dedicated to preserving the rights of all Canadians, the Canada Health Act, and our national medicare system.
CSA member benefits include CSA News Magazine (published quarterly), Currency Exchange, travel/medical insurance services, Canada Clubs, Snowbird Extravaganzas, Snowbird Lifestyle Presentations, CSA Winter Information Meetings, and publications including CSA Member Handbook, Travel Information Guide, Travelers’ Report Card, and Travelers’ Checklist.
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A simple someday soon
But we worked hard
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This snow-bird life
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