During the pandemic, the NEXUS enrollment offices in Canada and the US were closed. When the border reopened, the US reopened its offices, but Canada did not. Why? Because the US officers that staff the Canadian centers refused to return to work until they receive normal legal protections from the Canadian government — the same protections Canadian officers receive in the US. Canada is resisting providing those protections, and the US is fed up.
Canada has said it wants the US officers to work without those legal protections. US has said officers won't do that. So the two governments are trying to work it out.
1. Canada could provide legal protection to US officers operating in Canada.
2. Canada and the US could create a “remote” interview system, but this will potentially take years to operationalize.
3. Canada could decide that NEXUS is too hard to save, and switch to another trusted traveler program that many countries use to enter the US called “Global Entry.”
Your local MP (dependent on postal code)
Justin Trudeau <Prime Minister>
Dominic Leblanc <Minister of Public Safety, Democratic Institutions and Intergovernmental Affairs>
If you speak to someone in your MP's office, you could mention:
- The NEXUS program is important to you and you would like to see it continue.
- Ask if your MP will ask the Public Safety Minister or their party's public safety critic to follow up on the status of opening all Canadian NEXUS enrolment centres.