''Bonjour, hi! Did you enjoy your journey? As a border services officer, I am often the first Canadian citizen that tourists and immigrants meet when they arrive at YQB. I am very proud to have welcome them in my city for the past 8 years. Travelers, vacationers, business people ... there is a lot of movements at the YQB border crossing. Our role: to ensure the security and health of the country while maintaining a balance between fluidity and protection of people and goods.
It is important for us to be efficient to ensure a smooth transit through customs; while taking the time to answer questions about immigration and importation rules that are complex and can change over time.
At the beginning of the academic year, we welcome many new residents, students and interns from abroad, and sometimes process up to 80 applications for immigration permits (study, residence, work, animals, etc.) per international flight. Generally, everything goes well if the newcomer is honest, sincere, knowledgeable and prepared.
My job is to protect the public by clearing and searching private and commercial aircraft as well as baggage searches. It is with a sense of pride that I contribute to protect the public on a day-to-day basis by preventing the introduction of disease into Canada; or the circulation of narcotics, firearms and other illegal and prohibited substances and goods.''
Marie Parent, Border Services Officer, Canada Border Services Agency