Boissevain, MB - Larry Maguire, Member of Parliament for Brandon-Souris announced the Government of Canada will invest an estimated $25 million to improve infrastructure at the Boissevain, Cartwright, Lena and Crystal City ports of entry. This investment is part of the $440 million in infrastructure funding announced in November 2014 by Prime Minister Harper to replace aging ports of entry across Canada.
"By investing in border infrastructure we are helping support Westman's economy," said Maguire. "Improving important border infrastructure will foster our country's economic growth by ensuring the legitimate flow of goods and people across our shared border with the United States is managed efficiently. The CBSA is also an important protector of Canada and Westman communities against threats such as organized crime, foreign criminals, and drugs."
The infrastructure investment includes design finalization, site services, geotechnical and environmental assessments, as well as modular building construction, including structural, mechanical, electrical, internal fit-up, commissioning, project management and signage. Construction work is planned to begin as early as 2017.
"Improvements to port of entry facilities help ensure the free flow of legitimate travel and trade across Canadian borders. Our commitment to invest $440 million in border infrastructure to modernize ports of entry demonstrates our government's ongoing commitment to the safety and prosperity of our country," said the Honourable Steven Blaney, Canada's Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness.
The $440 million border infrastructure investment, combined with previous Beyond the Border infrastructure commitments, provides a huge boost to upgrade ports of entry. The majority of Canadian ports of entry will be fully upgraded or replaced with modern facilities, consistent with the Canada Border Services Agency's efforts towards modernization.
This is over and above the $241 million that the Government of Canada has already invested in expanding and modernizing its ports of entry over the last five years.
New and modern facilities will help meet new space demands due to recent operational requirements. Improvements to facilities will help ensure our small, remote and medium ports of entry will continue to deliver service excellence to travellers and traders.
In 2014, Maguire officially announced the opening of three of Westman's new facilities at the Goodlands, Coulter and Lyleton ports of entry. The Government of Canada invested $16.5 million ($5.5 million each) into these three new port facilities. These new state-of-the-art facilities offer significantly enhanced operational capacity and are reflective of a modern law enforcement agency.