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Air Cargo Security

Description

The primary objective of the Air Cargo Security Program is to develop a comprehensive air cargo security regime in Canada that is in line with international partners, and that will mitigate the risks associated with the introduction of explosives in cargo or mail and the use of cargo aircraft as weapons.  Supply-chain programs to identify low-risk cargo will be developed and procedures will be identified to screen high-risk and targeted cargo.

Project Phase: Air Cargo Security is currently in the Implementation Phase.

Sponsoring and Participating Departments and Agencies
Lead Department Transport Canada (TC)
Contracting Authority Public Works and Government Services Canada (PWGSC) and the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA)
Participating Departments Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA)


Prime and Major Subcontractor(s)
Prime Contractor N/A
Major Subcontractor(s) N/A


Major Milestones
Major Milestone Date
Production of an information manual and an operational bulletin on the Air Cargo Security Program for the use of regional administrations. 2012–13
Risk assessment and validation of candidate industry participants, and incorporation of new industry participants in system. 2012–13 (ongoing)
Attend and participate in the World Customs Organization Technical Experts Working Group on Air Cargo Security, ensuring compliance with international advance information standards. 2012–13 (ongoing)
Attend and participate in the interoperability working group; seeks to capitalize on synergies between government departments. 2012–13 (ongoing)
Production of an interoperability report in collaboration with TC as requested on the Memorandum to Cabinet. 2012–13 (ongoing)

Project Outcomes

The benefits of this program include:

  • Enhanced regulatory regime
  • Oversight, training and compliance
  • Screening technologies and processes
  • Mutual recognition and interoperability
  • Support for risk assessments undertaken by Transport Canada
  • Screening of Air Cargo items at small and remote class II and other airports

Progress Report and Explanations of Variances

The CBSA and Transport Canada have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) for data sharing that they will review to ensure that it continues to be relevant and appropriate to scope.

Industrial Benefits

  • Protect the Canadian public and those working in the air cargo supply chain.
  • Streamline trade through risk management.
  • Promote the movement of goods both domestically and internationally through effective trade supply chains.
  • Improve the ability of the CBSA to detect high-risk cargo.
  • Improve controls and make better and more efficient allocations of CBSA resources.
  • Ensure the efficient flow of goods contributing to Canada’s economic prosperity.

Please note that the lead for Air Cargo Security is Transport Canada. Only CBSA information is included as a Participating Department.

Temporary Resident Biometric Project

Description:

The Temporary Resident Biometrics Project (TRBP) is a Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC)-led major crown project (MCP), in partnership with the CBSA and Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP).  The business objective of TRBP is to streamline identity management within the Government of Canada temporary resident program. Against the backdrop of the rise of identity fraud globally and the use of ever more sophisticated means to evade detection, a key challenge in Canada’s immigration program is identifying applicants and managing their identity with confidence.  The TRBP is not aimed at a re-engineering of processes and systems, but rather an enhancement to existing visa/study and work permit application and visitor entry processes, and leveraging of investment in existing CIC, CBSA and RCMP systems to the maximum extent possible.

Budget 2008 provided the CBSA with funding in the amount of $12.67M.  With the received funds, the CBSA has designed and developed a photo verification solution for all ports of entry (POE), as well as a discretionary biometric verification solution in Secondary at select POEs. The CBSA is currently on schedule to implement the above-noted work components by June 2013. 

Project Phase:

The TRBP is currently in the Construction Phase moving towards the Implementation Phase.

Leading and Participating Departments and Agencies
Lead Department Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC)
Contracting Authority Public Works and Government Services Canada (PWGSC)
Participating Departments Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) and the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP)


Prime and Major Subcontractor(s)
Prime Contractor N/A
Major Subcontractor(s) N/A


Major Milestones
Major Milestone Date
Regional Briefings March 2012
Gate 2 Treasury Board Submission June 2012
Draft 2 of the TRBP Privacy Impact Assessment November 2012
Approval in Principal of the CBSA Threat and Risk Assessment and Statement of Sensitivity Solution. November 2012
CBSA Deployment Plan Complete November 2012
Completion of Training Manuals December 2012
Information Technology (IT) Solution Complete December 2012
Crown Integration Testing December 2012
Milestone Delivery of the Software Development Kit February 2013
CBSA/RCMP Information Sharing Memorandum of Understanding March 2013
Costing for Gate 3 Treasury Board Submission March 2013

Project Outcomes/Beneficiaries

  • Migration that significantly benefits Canada’s economic, social and cultural development, while protecting the health, safety and security of Canadians. Related Program activities – A. Immigration Program; B. Temporary Resident Program.
  • International recognition and acceptance of the principles of managed migration consistent with Canada’s broader foreign policy agenda, and protection of refugees in Canada. Related Program Activities – A. Canada’s role in international migration and protection; B. Refugee Program.
  • Successful integration of newcomers into society and promotion of Canadian citizenship. Related Program Activities – A. Integration Program; Citizenship Program.
  • Canada’s population is safe and secure from border-related risks. Related Program Activities – POE Operations (Conventional Border)
  • Legitimate travellers and goods move freely and lawfully across our borders. Related Program Activities – POE Operations (Conventional Border)

Beneficiaries

  • The client groups affected are primarily applicants for temporary resident visas.  In 2006, CIC received over 1.2 million applications abroad in the temporary immigration program.  The volume of temporary applications has been increasing in recent years and is estimated to reach roughly 1.6 million by 2012.
  • Canadian society will be the prime beneficiary of this initiative.  Strengthened identity management will provide for increased security and reduced abuse of the immigration program.  These are key elements of ensuring the safety, security, and health of Canadian society and maximizing the economic benefits of immigration.  A March 2007 survey by Ipsos Reid found that 88 percent of Canadians were supportive of the use of biometrics in verifying the identity of foreign nationals applying for visas, and 90 percent supported conducting background checks on foreign nationals seeking to enter Canada.

Progress Report and Explanations of Variances

  • With the $12.67 million that the CBSA received in Budget 2008, the project was re‑scoped to include only photo verification at all Canadian POEs, and discretionary fingerprint verification in Secondary at selected POEs.
  • The CBSA has:
    • begun regional briefings to inform frontline officers of the upcoming program initiatives.
    • completed the costing and presentation of the Gate 2 Treasury Board Submission along with its project partners. Funding has been released to complete all the required Gate 2 deliverables.
    • along with CIC, completed the second draft of the Privacy Impact Assessment.
    • has received approval in principle of the Threat and Risk Assessment and Statement of Sensitivity Solution.
    • has completed the Deployment Plan and Training Manuals required.
    • completed the System solution and the Crown Integration Testing. CBSA IT has completed the work with the contractor to receive the Software Development Kit necessary to begin the system upgrades to develop the required system connectivity to the project partners.
    • along with the RCMP, drafted and approved an Information Sharing MOU. This memorandum may be further used as part of an umbrella memorandum in the future.
    • started to complete the costing for the Gate 3 Treasury Board Submission to ensure the required funds are released for project completion.
  • The CBSA will be ready to implement the reduced scope solution in 2013. 

Industrial Benefits

Given the greater assurance of an individual’s identity due to the addition of biometrics, Canadian society will be the prime beneficiary of this initiative.  Strengthened identity management will provide for increased security and reduced abuse of the immigration program.  These are key elements of ensuring the safety, security, and health of Canadian society and maximizing the economic benefits of immigration.

The Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) Assessment and Revenue Management (CARM) Project

Description:

The CARM Project has been initiated to modernize the CBSA’s revenue management and trade programs and consists of four components:

 1 - The Accounts Receivable Ledger (ARL) (a separate project);
 2 - Client Identification;
 3 - Assessment, Reassessment and eServices; and
 4 - Trade Modernization. 

CARM is dependent on, or has linkages to, the CBSA’s eManifest Project and the Beyond the Border Action Plan on Perimeter Security and Economic Competitiveness.

The CARM Project will re-engineer, streamline, and modernize the CBSA’s revenue management and trade programs by:

  • creating a new client account module that will allow the Agency to integrate commercial client registration and account information and eliminate inefficiencies caused by maintaining numerous non-integrated systems;
  • modernizing assessment and reassessment processes and systems to improve the accuracy of revenue calculations;
  • modernizing trade programs and compliance verification activities to optimize revenue collection; and
  • replacing several antiquated and failure-prone legacy systems that support revenue management and commercial customs processes.

The CARM Project is included in the Treasury Board Secretariat’s oversight portfolio of major IT-enabled projects.

Project Phase:

CARM is currently in the Initiation Phase.

Leading and Participating Departments and Agencies
Lead Department Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA)
Contracting Authority Public Works and Government Services Canada (PWGSC)
Participating Departments Canada Revenue Agency (CRA), Shared Services Canada


Prime and Major Subcontractor(s)
Prime Contractor n/a - nil
Major Subcontractor(s) n/a - nil


Major Milestones
Major Milestone Date
Component 2 – Definition Phase completed August 2013
Component 2 – Unique client identifier introduced for all commercial clients June 2014
Component 2 – Systems used for commercial client registration replaced June 2014
Component 3 – Assessment/Reassessment & eServices implemented March 2016
Component 4 – Trade Modernization implemented March 2020

Project Outcomes/Beneficiaries

  • Transparent, accountable and responsive reporting of trade and revenue information.  Full CBSA compliance with accounting standards and practices will improve accountability.  Beneficiaries include Canadians, the Government of Canada, Canadian provinces, and the trade community.
  • Timely, accurate and complete assessment and collection of importer duties and taxes.  Accurate assessment and reporting of revenues and trade data will support Government of Canada policy development.  Beneficiaries include Canadians, the Government of Canada and Canadian provinces.
  • Fair, accessible and responsive service delivery for commercial importers.  Modernizing trade programs and Information Management /Information Technology (IM/IT) systems will improve service delivery to importers, exporters and carriers and enable new service delivery options.  Beneficiaries include Canadians, the Government of Canada and the trade community.
  • Risk mitigation by addressing aging IM/IT systems.  Beneficiaries include Canadians, the Government of Canada and the trade community.
  • Improved border efficiencies to enhance the economic strength and competitiveness of Canadian businesses.  Beneficiaries include Canadians, the Government of Canada, Canadian businesses and the trade community.

Progress Report and Explanations of Variances

Project approval and expenditure authority of $41.4M (excluding HST) were granted to the CARM Project in December 2011 for Project Definition work. The project is entering the final year of a two-year project definition phase.

The variance reported in the Planned Spending Report approved funding and actual costs is primarily due to:

  • The decision to leverage the Government of Canada Business Number as the client identifier which resulted in delay in providing requirements to CRA and CRA interface development;
  • The project experienced delays in securing professional/expert SAP project and management resources due to limited expertise availability and stringent Canadian security requirements.

Industrial Benefits

The CARM Project will benefit commercial clients and Canadian businesses by:

  • introducing an electronic option for the payment of duties and taxes;
  • introducing the ability to register, conduct assessment activities, obtain information, view financial transactions and manage accounts online with the CBSA through a Web portal;
  • providing the ability to retrieve statements of account via a secure Web portal;
  • implementing client-based accounting processes that will improve the range and responsiveness of services that the CBSA provides to commercial clients;
  • ensuring business continuity and the availability of IM/IT systems by replacing outdated systems with modern applications and platforms;
  • improving the accuracy and timeliness of trade data that will:
    • support the management of CBSA programs that ensure a level playing field for all importers, exporters and domestic businesses; and
    • support the Government of Canada in developing effective and responsive fiscal and monetary policies;
    • support Canadian businesses in their forecasting and decision making;
  • enabling the CBSA to manage the assessment and collection of revenue consistently, fairly and transparently; and
  • modernizing trade, improving program delivery to importers, exporters and carriers, and enabling new service options.

eManifest

Description

One of the strategies that the CBSA employs in managing the border is the use of advance information to identify and stop high-risk people and goods before they arrive in Canada. Having successfully implemented the marine and air components of the Advance Commercial Information (ACI) initiative, the CBSA is now implementing Phase III, known as eManifest.

The eManifest initiative is the next critical step required to improve the ability of the CBSA to detect shipments that pose a high or unknown risk to the safety and security of Canadians. eManifest will further modernize and enhance how the CBSA screens and processes commercial goods coming into Canada. When fully implemented, eManifest will require carriers, freight forwarders and importers in all modes of transportation (air, marine, highway and rail) to electronically transmit cargo, conveyance, house bill/supplementary cargo and importer data to the CBSA prior to leading in the marine mode and prior to arrival in the air, rail and highway modes. eManifest will complement and build upon the risk management strategies currently employed in both the air and marine modes, by enhancing the risk assessment capacity and scoring methodologies for all modes. This initiative focuses on pushing the border out by getting the right information at the right time in order to protect Canadians from health, safety, and security threats related to commercial goods before they arrive in Canada.

eManifest will feature the following:

  • acquisition of advance electronic information, using Electronic Data Interchange (EDI) or eManifest Web Portal options;
  • automated risk assessment;
  • an enhanced client notification system;
  • a data warehouse and associated business intelligence tools; and
  • compliance management and management information reporting.

Project Phase

eManifest comprises multiple components in different project phases including several items that have been implemented, along with others in the analysis and design and construction and development phases.

Leading and Participating Departments and Agencies
Lead Department CBSA
Contracting Authority PWGSC
Participating Departments N/A


Prime and Major Subcontractor(s)
Prime Contractor N/A
Major Subcontractor(s) N/A


Major Milestones
Major Milestone Date
  • Readiness Activities – IT Prerequisites and deployment of STAR configuration
Implemented November 2007
  • Readiness Activities Automated In-Transit pilot project (Phase I)
Implemented June 2008
  • In-Transit Highway Pilot (Phase II)
  • Customs Electronic Commerce Platform Capacity Upgrade
Implemented October 2009
  • EDI functionality for highway carriers
  • Client Notification
  • Passage (Interim Enhancements for Highway)
  • Infrastructure Capacity Upgrade – Phase
Implemented October 2010
  • eManifest Portal functionality for highway carriers
  • Infrastructure Capacity Upgrade – Phase II
Implemented August 2011
  • Risk Assessment (Phase I)
  • EDI functionality for rail carriers (Phase II)
  • Passage (Interim Enhancements for Rail)
  • Commercial Reporting
  • Ability for rail carriers to report cargo and conveyance information
Implemented May 2012
  • Expand functionality and client base of the eManifest Portal
  • Systems’ functionality for freight forwarders in all modes to transmit pre-arrival house bill data via EDI and Portal, and pre-arrival supplementary cargo data via EDI
  • Improved Client Notices
  • Electronic Conveyance Arrivals in the Air and Marine Modes
  • Business Intelligence and Data Warehouse
June 2013
  • New Client Notices
  • Systems’ functionality for importers
  • Enhancements to In-transit functionality
  • Systems’ functionality for Air and Marine  to transmit multimodal cargo data
  • Enhancements to Risk Assessment and Passage
  • Business Intelligence and Data Warehouse
Summer 2014
  • Enhancements to Risk Assessment and Passage
  • Enhanced systems’ functionality
Winter 2014

Project Outcomes

eManifest will feature:

  • Implementation of critical IT Prerequisites activities;
  • Advance electronic cargo, conveyance, house bill/supplementary cargo and importer data from highway and rail carriers, freight forwarders, and importers;
  • An eManifest Portal option for clients to transmit advance information through the Internet;
  • Automated risk assessment in advance of the arrival of goods at Canada's borders;
  • Streamlined border processing through integration of systems for CBSA officers; and
  • Development of a data warehouse and supporting business intelligence software, which will include the centralization and integration of data from various CBSA systems to support intelligent risk assessment of eManifest pre-arrival information through pattern detection and trend analysis.

In addition, some of the products and features listed above will also be retrofitted to the air and marine modes.

eManifest will also allow for:

  • Enhanced knowledge and capacity for risk assessment of pre-arrival data;
  • Enhanced cooperation with U.S. Customs and Border Protection through harmonized commercial processes;
  • Enhanced innovative systems and technology to effectively and efficiently assess data;
  • Increased success of detection activities to intercept high-risk goods, passengers and crew;
  • Increased compliance by trade community to CBSA legislation;
  • Enhanced flow of low-risk goods; and
  • Improved stakeholder satisfaction.

Progress Report and Explanations of Variances

  • eManifest received Effective Project Approval (EPA) from Treasury Board on November 29, 2007 as a major Crown project with an approved budget of $396 million (net of GST) over five years.
  • Subsequent to the EPA, the project completion date was revised to reflect a shift in project funding over two years, as part of the CBSA’s contribution in support of Canada’s Economic Action Plan. The impact of the funding realignment has extended the completion date and has necessitated a realignment of project deliverables and implementation time frames.
  • As a result of the extended time frame, eManifest’s funding profile required a reallocation of funds for 2012–2014 where there was no TB development funding originally allocated.
  • Agency reference levels still reflect preliminary project approval funding amounts. This has resulted in yearly internal carry-forwards to align funding to EPA plans.
  • Expenditures were reduced in 2009–10 as a result of a realignment of project funding to future years (2012–14). The realignment of funding contributed to a delay in funding the contribution of $85M to the economic action plan, which caused a delay in end-state Passage functionality at First Point of Arrival related to the implementation of business intelligence and data warehouse infrastructure technology. Synergies of staffing amongst CBSA major projects have also been realized.
  • eManifest is to be completed by 2015.

Throughout 2012–13, the eManifest project team has made significant progress in carrying out various project activities including deployment of eManifest EDI systems for rail carriers. This allowed rail carriers to transmit cargo, conveyance and conveyance arrival data starting on May 14, 2012. The availability of electronic systems for rail carriers means that the CBSA is now able to receive advance cargo and conveyance information electronically in all modes of transportation, marking an important step forward in creating a multimodal manifest that is standardized across the modes of transportation.

The 2012–13 reporting period also included significant stakeholder engagement activities related to the implementation of eManifest in the highway mode, the development of communication products and offering webinars covering a range of eManifest-related topics that are tailored to the client base.

Industrial Benefits

As eManifest will help provide CBSA officers with the right information at the right time, Canadian industry will benefit from more predictability at the border and from streamlined release processes. This will enable both industry and the CBSA to manage commercial import volumes more effectively. In addition, eManifest functionality will enable the seamless movement of goods through secure cross-border processes. With improved controls along the supply chain continuum, the CBSA can more efficiently allocate resources to ensure that integrated border services advance national security and safety priorities, while continuing to facilitate the flow of low-risk people and goods.