The Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) announced the completion of a multi-year infrastructure project at North Portal, Saskatchewan. The project made significant improvements to the CBSA’s port of entry facilities for the benefit of travellers, businesses, and border services officers.
From 2018 to 2022, the Government of Canada invested $26.4 million at North Portal to:
• add a third processing lane for vehicles entering Canada
• install bi-level Primary Inspection Line booths, which can accommodate either cars or semi-trucks
• build a new canopy with more height clearance for semi-trucks and oversized vehicles
• renovate and expand the warehouse building where CBSA officers examine semi-truck shipments
• increase parking space for semi-truck drivers who need to report to the CBSA office
• improve site security and lighting for greater nighttime visibility and safety
• power part of the facility with renewable energy, using solar panels
The North Portal port of entry is open 24-7. It is located on a major trade route that links Saskatchewan to the American Midwest and the Port of Charleston, South Carolina.
In 2021, CBSA officers at North Portal handled 158,225 travellers in 129,486 commercial trucks, 27,566 automobiles and in 1,173 other vehicles, such as motorcycles and buses. North Portal is ranked 3rd of all ports in the Prairie provinces for commercial truck traffic volume.