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Border Infrastructure Investment Plan Canada-United States

  • 2013-04-01

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      On December 7, 2011, the Prime Minister of Canada and the President of the United States released the Action Plan on Perimeter Security and Economic Competitiveness. The Action Plan includes 32 binational initiatives designed to implement the Vision set out by the Leaders and make the Canada – U.S. border more efficient, safe and secure. As part of the Action Plan, the two countries are to pursue a major new initiative relating to infrastructure proposed and developed by Transport Canada (TC), U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT), Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) and U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP). This initiative has two key elements. First, Canada and the U.S. “commit to make significant investments in physical infrastructure at key crossings to relieve congestion and speed the movement of traffic across the border.” The second key element of the border infrastructure initiative involves enhancing our capacity to coordinate border infrastructure investments at the binational level. This is to be achieved through the establishment of a binational five-year Border Infrastructure Investment Plan (BIIP) that is to be renewed annually. The BIIP ensures a mutual understanding of available funding for targeted projects and the schedule, scope and responsibilities for those projects in consultation and coordination with all applicable local, state or provincial and federal stakeholders. The BIIP covers significant upgrades that have an impact on transportation and inspection capacity. This report is the first edition of the BIIP, delivering on the objective outlined in the Action Plan. Seven major border crossings are featured in this first edition (east to west): Lacolle, Quebec – Champlain, New York; Lansdowne, Ontario – Alexandria Bay, New York (Thousand Islands Bridge); Queenston, Ontario – Lewiston, New York (Queenston – Lewiston Bridge); Fort Erie, Ontario – Buffalo, New York (Peace Bridge); Sarnia, Ontario – Port Huron, Michigan (Blue Water Bridge); Emerson, Manitoba – Pembina, North Dakota; and North Portal, Saskatchewan – Portal, North Dakota. For each of these border crossings, a binational profile shows existing infrastructure, major federal/provincial/state/border operator projects in the previous five years, opportunities for infrastructure improvements and planned or proposed projects over the coming five years.
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