2014-15 Departmental Performance Report - Canada Border Services Agency

Archived - Status Report on Transformational and Major Crown Projects

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Project name: Temporary Resident Biometrics Project

Description

The Temporary Resident Biometrics Project (TRBP) is a Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) led major crown project, in partnership with the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) and the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP). The business objective of the 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 and 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 of $15.5M over a six year period. With this funding, the CBSA designed and developed a photo verification solution for primary and secondary inspection at all Ports of Entry (POE), as well as a discretionary biometric verification solution in secondary at select POEs. The CBSA implemented the TRBP solution in June 2013 and is currently in the close-out phase of the project.

Project outcomes

  1. Outcome - Migration that significantly benefits Canada’s economic, social and cultural development, while protecting the health, safety and security of Canadian related Programs - A. Immigration Program; B. Temporary Resident Program.
  2. Outcome - 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 Programs – A. Canada’s role in international migration and protection; B. Refugee Program.
  3. Outcome - Successful integration of newcomers into society and promotion of Canadian citizenship. Related Programs - A. Integration Program; B. Citizenship Program.
  4. Outcome - Canada’s population is safe and secure from border-related risks. Related Programs - POE Operations (Conventional Border)
  5. Outcome - Legitimate travellers and goods move freely and lawfully across our borders. Related Programs - POE Operations (Conventional Border)

Industrial benefits

With 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 to ensuring the safety, security, and health of Canadian society and maximizing the economic benefits of immigration.

Sponsoring department

Citizenship and Immigration Canada

Contracting authority

Public Works and Government Services Canada

Participating departments

Canada Border Services Agency
Royal Canadian Mounted Police

Prime contractor

N/A

Major subcontractors

N/A

Project phase

The TRBP project is now closed. The interdepartmental Project Closeout Report to Treasury Board was finalized in November 2014. During the closing phase, the CBSA in partnership with CIC and the RCMP completed the final update to the interdepartmental Privacy Impact Assessment (PIA) and a post implementation review.

Major milestones

Interdepartmental Post implementation review - July 2014

Interdepartmental Project PIA completed - August 2014

Interdepartmental Project closeout and transition - November 2014

CBSA Project Closeout and internal transition approved - March 2015

Progress report and explanation of variances

With the $15.5M that CBSA received in Budget 2008, the project was re-scoped to complete only photo verification at primary and in secondary inspection at all Canadian POEs with Integrated Primary Inspection Line system capabilities, and discretionary biometric verification in secondary inspection at selected POEs.

  • The CBSA successfully implemented the reduced scope solution in June 2013. This included the deployment of hardware (109 biometric capture devices) to select POEs and deployment of software to over 150 ports of entry to allow for photo verification capability on primary.
  • The CBSA completed the development and implementation of a system solution which included successful connectivity to project partners.
  • CBSA provided extensive input into the third and final iteration of the inter-departmental TRBP Privacy Impact Assessment which was completed in August 2014.
  • In 2014, the CBSA conducted verifications of 95, 343 TRBP foreign nationals who sought entry into Canada at its POEs.
  • The TRBP met defined performance objectives for 2014–15. TRBP figures were in line with the original project costing and verification model. All biometrically enrolled TRBP clients are screened at primary.
  • Of those referred to secondary, 6.8% were underwent fingerprint verification in 2014–15.

The TRBP interdepartmental project closeout was completed in November 2014.

Project name: eManifest

Description

eManifest is modernizing and improving cross-border commercial processes. When fully implemented, eManifest will require all carriers, freight forwarders and importers to send advance commercial information about their shipments electronically to the CBSA.

The collection and risk assessment of pre-arrival data will improve the CBSA's ability to detect high-risk shipments before they arrive at the border. At the same time, low-risk, legitimate trade will be able to cross the border more efficiently. eManifest makes Canada's border processes more secure and compatible with North American and international standards, which is important for the business community and for Canada as a whole.

Project outcomes

  1. Outcome - Enhance the CBSA's capacity to provide a pre-arrival risk determination prior to the arrival of goods in Canada;
  2. Outcome - Improve the efficiency of administering pre-arrival determinations by using an improved risk assessment capability;
  3. Outcome - Provide the CBSA with the ability to conduct more effective enforcement activities through data analytics;
  4. Outcome - Enable the CBSA to provide faster, more efficient frontline processing for commercial trade; and
  5. Outcome - Enable the CBSA, Participating Government Agencies and Trade Chain Partners to evolve toward an automated eCommerce importation process, which is in line with international standards.

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 efficient 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 further national security and safety priorities, while continuing to facilitate the flow of low-risk people and goods. eManifest will provide for predictable release of low risk goods enabling Canada’s manufacturing industry that practices just in time production to benefit from these new border processes.

Sponsoring department

Canada Border Services Agency

Contracting authority

Public Works and Government Services Canada

Shared Services Canada

Participating departments

N/A

Prime contractor

N/A

Major subcontractors

N/A

Project phase

Execution

Major milestones

In June 2014, the eManifest project plan was re-base lined to reflect six distinct deployments. Each deployment contained deliverables from the original business case. The following reflects progress made against the current plan to complete the remaining deliverables. A budgeted allocation of $119M, from the original authorities for development of $415M, reflects planned spending for FY 2014–15 to FY 2016–17.

Deployment 1 implemented a new Business Information Model in June 2014.

Deployment 2 (a) implemented the capability to perform Data Analytics in October 2014.

Deployment 3 implemented the first iteration of the new cargo screening / targeting system in March 2015.

Progress report and explanation of variances

The new delivery approach launched in June 2014 and subsequent Deployment planning has been effective in delivering project milestones on time and on budget.

2014-15 Revised
Project 1. Original Estimated 2. Revised Estimated 3. Actual Cost Total (denomination) 2014–15 (denomination) 8. Expected Date of Close-Out
Total Cost (denomination) Total Cost (denomination) 4. Main Estimates 5. Planned Spending 6. Total Authorities 7. Actual
Internal Services
eManifest 19,800 19,800 16,599 2,020 2,901 2,901 1,943 2016-17
Risk Assessment
eManifest 316,801 316,801 265,584 32,324 46,415 46,415 31,085 2016-17
Admissibility
eManifest 59,400 59,400 49,796 6,061 8,703 8,703 5,828 2016-17
Total 396,001 396,001 331,979 40,405 58,019 58,019 38,856
2013-14 Revised
Project 1. Original Estimated 2. Revised Estimated 3. Actual Cost Total (denomination) 2013–14 (denomination) 8. Expected Date of Close-Out
Total Cost (denomination) Total Cost (denomination) 4. Main Estimates 5. Planned Spending 6. Total Authorities 7. Actual
Internal Services
eManifest 19,800 19,800 14,656 2,190 2,279 2,279 1,895 2015-16
Risk Assessment
eManifest 316,801 316,801 234,499 35,048 36,473 36,473 30,321 2015-16
Admissibility
eManifest 59,400 59,400 43,968 6,572 6,839 6,839 5,685 2015-16
Total 396,001 396,001 293,123 43,810 45,591 45,591 37,901
2012-13 Revised
Project 1. Original Estimated 2. Revised Estimated 3. Actual Cost Total (denomination) 2013–14 (denomination) 8. Expected Date of Close-Out
Total Cost (denomination) Total Cost (denomination) 4. Main Estimates 5. Planned Spending 6. Total Authorities 7. Actual
Internal Services
eManifest 19,800 19,800 12,761 2,290 2,594 2,594 1,643 2014-15
Risk Assessment
eManifest 316,801 316,801 204,178 36,637 41,506 41,506 26,292 2014-15
Admissibility
eManifest 59,400 59,400 38,283 6,870 7,782 7,782 4,930 2014-15
Total 396,001 396,001 255,222 45,797 51,882 51,882 32,865
2011-12 Revised
Project 1. Original Estimated 2. Revised Estimated 3. Actual Cost Total (denomination) 2013–14 (denomination) 8. Expected Date of Close-Out
Total Cost (denomination) Total Cost (denomination) 4. Main Estimates 5. Planned Spending 6. Total Authorities 7. Actual
Internal Services
eManifest 19,800 19,800 11,118 2,052 2,222 2,222 1,413 2014-15
Risk Assessment
eManifest 316,801 316,801 177,885 32,844 35,557 35,557 22,610 2014-15
Admissibility
eManifest 59,400 59,400 33,353 6,158 6,667 6,667 4,239 2014-15
Total 396,001 396,001 222,356 41,054 44,446 44,446 28,262
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