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 two countries.
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 clearances.
This program also streamlines border clearance for low-risk travellers.
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. A list of these airports is available at www.cbsa.gc.ca.
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.
Corporations can register their employees in the CANPASS – Corporate Aircraft program. However, each employee has to complete Form E672 (PDF, 221 KB), 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. You can obtain both forms on our Web site at www.cbsa.gc.ca. 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.
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 program members.
However, an individual will not qualify for CANPASS membership or receive temporary authorization if that individual:
Each applicant from the corporation must complete and sign an application form.
If the employees choose to complete Form E672 (PDF, 221 KB), 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.
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
P.O. Box 126
Niagara Falls ON L2E 6T1
Telephone: (905) 371-1477 or 1-800-842-7647 (toll-free)
Québec and Atlantic Canada
Customs 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.
Notes: 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 the program.
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.
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:
In addition to the above, the person in charge of the conveyance is responsible for the following:
Note: 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.
Note: 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.
Notes: 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 ofe the United States and the 1-888-CANPASS service is not available, the pilot should call one of the following TRCs. Long-distance charges will apply.
|Hamilton, ON||905-679-2073||905-679-6877||Ontario, Quebec and Atlantic Canada|
|Victoria, BC||250-363-0222||250-363-0759||All provinces and territories west of the Manitoba–Ontario border|
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, you must:
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.
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 restrictions apply:
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 CBSA administers.
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.
Visit our Web site at www.cbsa.gc.ca 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 will apply.
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