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WINDSOR, July 20, 2011 — Today Canada's Public Safety Minister, Vic Toews, toured the Canada Border Services Agency's (CBSA) operations at the Ambassador Bridge Point of Entry (POE) in Windsor, Ontario. The Ambassador Bridge POE is Canada's busiest border crossing, with more trade flowing between Windsor and Detroit than through any other border crossing in the world.

“Effective and efficient border operations are vital to both security and economic prosperity in Canada,” said Minister Toews. “Everyday, CBSA works hard to help ensure the smooth flow of legitimate trade and legitimate visitors into our country, while also ensuring that illegal and dangerous goods and people are kept out.”

Minister Toews visited the Primary Inspection Lanes at the Ambassador Bridge POE. Here he met with CBSA employees responsible for greeting travellers entering Canada via the site's 10 commercial, 13 non-commercial and two NEXUS lanes. He then moved on to the Secondary Inspection Area where officials demonstrated the procedure for searching vehicles, including the use of a detector dog and portable X-ray.

“Our Government's top priority remains completing the economic recovery. The volume of traffic entering Canada from the U.S. is huge,” said Minister Toews. “Each day over 200,000 people enter Canada for business or pleasure, and their first point of contact is a CBSA border services officer.”

The Government has a duty to protect the safety of all Canadians. Working at home and abroad, the CBSA is constantly finding new ways to increase security at our borders, while facilitating the flow of legitimate travellers and trade in and out of Canada. For more information, visit

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