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Nexus Permit Fee to Jump by 140% This October


Travellers who cross the Canada-U.S. border frequently will have to pay more than double to apply for a Nexus card for speedier clearance starting this October, a federal legal notice recently confirmed.

The cost to enrol in the Nexus trusted-traveller program will increase from US$50 to US$120 effective Oct. 1, Public Safety Canada announced in a notice published in the Canada Gazette on July 3, as first covered by Blacklock’s Reporter.

The change will also see the bilateral program charging fees for minors if their parents or guardians aren’t enrolled or applying, said the regulatory impact analysis statement accompanying the notice.

The five-year permit is designed to allow quicker border crossings into Canada and the United States for low-risk, pre-approved travellers. The program is jointly run by the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) and U.S. Customs and Border Protection (U.S. CBP), with revenues split between the two agencies. Under Nexus, travellers pay a fee to apply for pre-clearance background checks on a promise of expedited passage at airports, land borders or marine crossings.

The current application fee was set two decades ago and can no longer cover the cost of the program, the analysis statement said.