canpass – Corporate Aircraft
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The canpass – Corporate Aircraft program is a
result of the Canada – United States Accord on Our
Shared Border. The Accord sets out initiatives to
promote trade, tourism and travel between the
If your company operates an aircraft that often flies
into Canada directly from the United States, you
may be interested in the enhancements made to the
canpass program that have been specifically
designed for corporate aircraft users. The
canpass – Corporate Aircraft program allows
you to access more airports and provides expedited
This program also streamlines border clearance for low-risk travellers.
What are the benefits of the canpass – Corporate Aircraft program?
canpass – Corporate Aircraft program members
can land at an airport of entry whenever that facility
is open for business, regardless of the hours of
operation of the local Canada Border Services
Agency (CBSA) office. In addition, members may
choose to use one of the designated canpass only airports.
As a canpass – Corporate Aircraft program
member, you can transport up to four non-paying
passengers who are not registered members of the
program but can still enjoy all the canpass
program benefits. These travellers are eligible to
receive a temporary authorization to accompany
you on any single passage at a cost of CAN$25 per
entry to Canada.
- When using your canpass privileges, the aircraft cannot be carrying more than 15 people. This includes members of the crew, canpass members and temporarily authorized travellers.
- You cannot charge your passengers a fee for passage when using your canpass privileges.
- The four non-paying passengers must be travelling to Canada on your corporate aircraft for a business-related need of your company.
- A maximum of four people with temporary authorizations are permitted per passage. This includes any temporary authorization issued to the pilot or members of the crew of your corporate aircraft.
How can a corporation participate in the program?
Corporations can register their employees in the
canpass – Corporate Aircraft program.
However, each employee has to complete Form
E672, canpass Application Form. A corporation
wishing to participate in the program must provide
the CBSA with a valid visa, MasterCard or
American Express (amex) account number and
permission to bill appropriate charges to that
account. This requires completing a billing
authorization Form E679, canpass – Corporate Aircraft , and submitting it with the canpass
Application Form. This mandatory
arrangement allows convenient automatic billing of
all processing fees and any charges relating to non-registered individuals who may travel to
Canada in the corporate aircraft, as described above.
Who qualifies for canpass membership?
Employees of your corporation may qualify for the
program and receive a canpass membership if
they are citizens or permanent residents of Canada,
or citizens or resident aliens of the United States.
Individuals can request temporary authorization
if they can demonstrate a work-based relationship
with your corporation and are able to meet the
same citizenship and residency criteria as
However, an individual will not qualify for
canpass membership or receive temporary
authorization if that individual:
- cannot demonstrate a work-based relationship with your corporation;
- provides false or incomplete information on the application form;
- has been convicted of a criminal offence in any country for which a pardon has not been granted;
- has been found in violation of customs or immigration legislation; or
- is inadmissible to Canada under the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act.
How to apply for canpass membership
Each applicant from the corporation must complete
and sign an application form.
If the employees choose to complete Form E672, canpass Application Form, we will use the
information provided to determine their eligibility.
Once an employee is accepted into the program,
membership is valid for five years.
- If employees need additional documents such as student or employment authorizations, contact the nearest Canadian immigration centre before applying for the canpass – Corporate Aircraft program.
- Canadian and United States citizens have to provide proof of citizenship (e.g., a photocopy of a birth certificate, citizenship certificate or passport).
- Canadian permanent residents or United States resident aliens have to provide proof of legal residence in either country (e.g., a photocopy of a record of landing in Canada, a valid Canadian permanent resident card or a valid United States permanent resident card).
- attach photocopies only; we will not return the copies you send. Do not send original documents with the application. Original documents must accompany the passengers on all passages into Canada.
The corporation is required to submit all
applications, with the non-refundable processing
fee of CAN$40 for each applicant 18 years or older, and the billing authorization (Form E679) to one of
the following offices:
Canadian Processing Centre
28 – 176th Street
Surrey BC V3S 9R9
Telephone: (604) 538-3689
Canadian Processing Centre
6080 McLeod Road
P.O. Box 126
Niagara Falls ON L2E 6T1
Telephone: (905) 371-1477 or 1-800-842-7647 (toll-free)
Québec and Atlantic Canada
Canadian Processing Centre
400 Place d'Youville
Montréal QC H2Y 2C2
Telephone: (514) 350-6137
You can pay the processing fee of CAN$40 for
each applicant 18 years or older using visa,
MasterCard or amex. You can also attach a
cheque or money order in Canadian funds payable
to the Receiver General for Canada.
Processing fees are non-refundable.
Do not send cash.
- We will not process applications before we have
all the necessary documents.
- You will receive a canpass – Corporate Aircraft authorization for each applicant we accept into
Completing the application
Each employee from your corporation who wants
to participate in the canpass – Corporate Aircraft program has to fill out and sign an application form.
Parents or legal guardians have to complete the
application on behalf of employees under the age of
18. The processing fee is waived for applicants under
the age of 18. Please follow the instructions, "How to
complete the application", on the back of the form.
Indicate your corporation's membership number on
the application form if the corporation is already a
member of the canpass program.
How do canpass members present themselves and report goods?
The pilot is the person in charge of the aircraft.
canpass members must present themselves
and report goods through the pilot. Pilots are
responsible for presenting themselves, their crew
and passengers by:
- calling 1-888-canpass (226-7277) at least 2 hours before but not more than 48 hours prior to arrival in Canada;
- giving the estimated time of arrival (ETA);
- giving the aircraft tail number/aircraft registration mark;
- giving the full name, date of birth and citizenship for all persons on board the aircraft;
- calling 1-888-canpass again to report any change in the ETA, point of arrival or other information;
- giving the destination, purpose of trip and length of stay in Canada for each passenger who is a nonresident of Canada;
- giving the length of absence for each passenger who is a returning resident of Canada;
- giving the passport and visa information of passengers (including members of the crew), if applicable;
- making sure all passengers have photo identification and proof of citizenship documents;
- declaring all goods being imported, including firearms and weapons;
- reporting all currency and/or monetary instruments totaling CAN$10,000 or more;
- for returning residents of Canada, declaring all repairs or modifications made to goods (including the aircraft) while outside Canada; and
- giving true and complete information.
In addition to the above, the person in charge of the conveyance is responsible for the following:
- ensuring that all persons being transported into Canada on board the aircraft are in possession of all travel documents required by the legislation, i.e. passports, visas, or other; and
- the removal of inadmissible passengers and any associated administrative and medical expenses and fees.
- Should any of the above information change, you must contact the telephone reporting centre (TRC) and provide an update before the aircraft arrives in Canada.
- Any contraventions of the legislation may result in detention, seizure or forfeiture of the conveyance and/or lead to criminal prosecution, monetary penalties and/or imprisonment.
As proof of presentation, the border services officer
will give the pilot a report number. The aircraft has
to land at the airport of entry reported to the CBSA
and if a border services officer is not there to meet
the aircraft when it arrives at the reported ETA or
actual time of arrival (whichever is later), the pilot
may then proceed to the final destination. No second
call is required at this time.
- Calling 1-888-canpass arranges CBSA clearance only. It does not replace the requirement to file a flight plan with nav canada
- All persons on board the aircraft must hold a canpass authorization or receive a temporary authorization for a passage.
- If transporting persons into Canada who are not canpass members or who are not temporarily authorized travellers, the aircraft must arrive during regular CBSA office hours at a designated airport of entry. See the publication called Coming to Canada by Small Aircraft or Recreational Boat.
- When making a declaration at the telephone reporting centre (TRC), the pilot must identify all persons who are applying for a temporary authorization.
- If the flight originates outside of the United States and the 1-888-canpass service is not available, the pilot should call the following TRC. Long-distance charges will apply.
- TRC for all of Canada
What are your responsibilities?
As a canpass – Corporate Aircraft program
member, whether you are the person in charge of
the aircraft, a member of the crew or a passenger,
- show your canpass authorization, personal identification (original documents) and any required immigration documents to a border services officer upon request;
- not transfer your canpass privileges, identification or documents; and
- follow all the rules and requirements listed in this
brochure and in the canpass – Corporate Aircraft Participant's Guide, and all the terms and conditions set out on your canpass authorization.
Note: Although it is the responsibility of the person in
charge of the aircraft to report on behalf of all
authorized persons on board, each individual
remains responsible for complying with customs
and immigration legislation.
What are the import restrictions?
All travellers can import goods for their personal
use. United States residents must return all imported
goods to the United States unless the goods were
consumed while in Canada.
However, whether you are a canpass member or
one of the four temporary authorized travellers
arriving on a canpass flight, the following import
- You cannot import any promotional materials, including samples, commercial goods or equipment using your canpass – Corporate Aircraft privileges. To import these goods, you have to follow non-canpass general aviation flight procedures and arrive during regular CBSA office hours at an airport designated as an airport of entry. For more information, see the publication Coming to Canada by Small Aircraft or Recreational Boat.
- You cannot import controlled, restricted or prohibited animals, plants or goods as described in the publication for Canadian residents called
- I Declare or the publication for United States residents called Visitors to Canada and other Temporary Residents.
- You cannot import prohibited goods into Canada. These include prohibited firearms and weapons such as mace, pepper spray and stun guns. For information about prohibited goods, see the publications I Declare and Visitors to Canada and other Temporary Residents. If you plan to import firearms or weapons for hunting or for a competition, for example, read and follow the procedures in the guide called Importing a Firearm or Weapon Into Canada.
- There are restrictions on importing alcohol and tobacco products into Canada. For more information, see the publications I Declare or Visitors to Canada and other Temporary Residents.
- Controlled, restricted or prohibited goods will be seized by the CBSA and you may be subject to criminal prosecution.
Are there penalties?
Even if we determine that you are a low-risk traveller and we grant you canpass – Corporate Aircraft membership, you continue to be subject to
random examinations to ensure that you comply
with the terms and conditions of the canpass
program, as well as any other legislation
administered or enforced by the CBSA.
We can revoke or suspend your membership if you
fail to comply with the requirements and procedures
of the canpass – Corporate Aircraft program.
This includes non-compliance with customs and
immigration legislation or any other laws the
Depending on the severity of the violation, the CBSA
can impose penalties and seize any goods and any
aircraft used to carry the goods. As well, you may be
subject to criminal prosecution.
Need more information?
Visit our Web site or call the
Border Information Service (BIS) at 1-800-461-9999.
Note: If you are calling from outside Canada,
you can access BIS by calling (204) 983-3500 or (506) 636-5064. Long-distance charges