Diplomatic and consular representatives of the Dominican Republic with seats in the cities of Ottawa, Montreal, and Toronto met with officials from the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) to discuss matters related to the faculties of the Canadian institution and up-to-date information regarding the procedures that are run under its responsibility.
The meeting was held in the offices of the Embassy of the Dominican Republic in Ottawa, where the representatives of the country had the opportunity to listen to a presentation made by Mr. Bruno Bourgeios and Ms. María Isabel Vargas, Program Officers - Removal Operations and Case Referral at CBSA.
The Agency is the highest regulatory Canadian institution in border matters and among its main functions are the following: 1) to administer the legislation that governs the admissibility of persons or goods, 2) to intercept illicit goods, 3) to protect the safety of food, 4) to collect tariffs, and 5) administer the laws and regulations that govern commercial agreements.
During their presentation, the officials stated that in Canada the CBSA provides services in approximately 1,200 locations, while at the international level it has 35 service centers. The institution, which is part of the portfolio of the Minister of Public Safety and Civil Protection, manages 117 land border crossings and operates in 13 international airports; it enforces 90 laws, regulations and international agreements.