Message from CBSA for US Camp Owners

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Message from CBSA for US Camp Owners

Spring is approaching and we are seeing pandemic restrictions lifting. I think we are all looking forward to warmer weather and the return to more ‘normal’ operations at our Ports of Entry in Northern Ontario. 
We received a great deal of positive feedback with respect to our pre-arrival work permit processing over the last two years. It gave our clients the opportunity to prepare in advance, reduce amount of time spent at the border, and have one less thing to worry about when it came time to head north and open their businesses. With this in mind, we plan to continue this option for the 2022 season.    

  • Clients choosing the pre-arrival processing option will have appointments booked on an agreed upon date and time. 
  • Clients not choosing the pre-arrival processing will be served on a first come/first serve basis after any booked appointments are completed. 

If you are interested in pre-arrival work permit processing we ask that you contact the Port of Entry where you normally cross:

  • Rainy River POE – 807-852-3341
  • Fort Frances POE – 807-274-4949
  • Pigeon River POE – 807-964-3000
  • Sault Ste. Marie POE – 705-941-3063

In other changes, on January 1, 2022 Ontario’s Sustainable Bait Management Strategy came into effect to reduce ecological risks associated with the use and movement of bait in Ontario. CBSA plays an important role in Protecting Canada from invasive species ( Accordingly, personal importations of bait at ports in Northern Ontario (Sault Ste. Marie, Pigeon River, Fort Frances and Rainy River) are NOT permitted and will be refused entry.   
Lastly, although Provincial restrictions are lifting in the days to come, federal restrictions currently remain that will impact our foreign national travellers. The information provided to you today is likely to change in the coming days, weeks and months. The COVID-19: Travel, testing and borders – website is updated regularly and will reflect these changes. We encourage you to reference this website and share it with your guests. 

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