Report on watchlists, border controls and infringement to travellers' rights

This research is based in part, on the stories submitted to this website by travellers on both sides of the Canada-U.S. border about their travel experiences and being caught in the web of no-fly lists. The report by the ICLMG and its partners calls on Parliament to urgently review CBSA practices and the legality of the Canadian no-fly list program. [Feb 9, 2010 07:59 PM]

June 1st: Passport required for travel to the U.S.

Canadians travelling to, from or via the U.S. by land and sea must present at U.S. Customs, a valid passport or an approved document containing an RFID (Radio-frequency identification) chip or biometric data as of Monday, June 1, 2009. [May 23, 2009 04:34 PM]

Canada must oppose U.S. Secure Flight rules

A coalition of 38 national organization urges Transport Minister John Baird to strongly oppose the new U.S. rules which will have a serious impact on the rights of Canadian travellers and visitors to Canada. [Jan 13, 2009 12:06 PM]

No evidence demonstrating the effectiveness of no-fly lists

Despite repeated requests by Canada's Privacy Commissioner, Transport Canada has provided "no evidence demonstrating the effectiveness of no-fly lists." In her annual report tabled in Parliament Jennifer Stoddart criticizes the Passenger Protect Program which threatens Canadians' right to privacy and their fundamental rights. [Dec 10, 2008 09:27 PM]

Canada’s "No-fly list" facing constitutional challenge

A graduate student from Montreal has become the first person denied permission to fly under Canada’s controversial “No-fly list” which came into force 15 months ago, prompting a constitutional challenge to Transport Canada's Passenger Protect Program. [Sep 19, 2008 01:41 PM]

Confidential information at risk when crossing the Canada-U.S. border

Laptops, digital music players, personal data assistants and BlackBerry devices are considered “goods” by customs officers on both sides of the Canada-U.S. border, and can be searched and seized without a warrant. Although these electronic devices may contain confidential information or trade secrets, rules and regulations in the U.S. and Canada allow their search and seizure even in the absence of any suspicion against the traveller. [Sep 19, 2008 12:39 PM]

U.S. watch list hits one million names

According to a tally released on July 14, 2008 by the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) there are now one million names on the "terrorist" watch list. The list also contains the names Canadians and is used to compile the U.S. no-fly list, routinely used by airlines in Canada to screen travellers flying within the country and internationally. [Jul 16, 2008 03:52 PM]

On the first anniversary of Canada’s "no-fly" list, travellers are urged to tell their stories.

In the face of growing surveillance of travellers, many individuals are being caught in the web of government watch lists.Civil liberties groups and major labour unions are pooling their efforts to document how these measures are violating our privacy and mobility rights. [Jun 17, 2008 09:19 PM]