OTTAWA - The Canada Border Services Agency is resuming regular hours of service at 42 ports of entry across Canada, including several in southeast Saskatchewan.
But that doesn’t mean hours will be extended for those heading to the U.S.
Marco Mendicino, Canada’s minister of Public Safety, has announced that as of 12:01 a.m. (Eastern Standard Time) on March 31, the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) is reinstating pre-pandemic operational hours of service at 39 land and three air ports of entry (POE).
The Port of Estevan will be open seven days a week from 8 a.m.-9 p.m. from the second Sunday in March to the first Saturday in November. It will be 9 a.m.-10 p.m. the rest of the year.
Similar hours will be in effect for Carievale, Northgate and Oungre.
North Portal will remain open 24 hours, seven days a week.
Meanwhile, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) announced Monday that it will begin a 120-day temporary expansion of hours at four northern border ports of entry (POE). The four locations include Northgate and Sherwood in North Dakota. Sherwood is located south of Carievale.
This expansion will temporarily add two additional hours of operation at the end of the current workday, resulting in new hours of 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. (North Dakota time).
The ports of Noonan (located south of Estevan) and Fortuna (located south of Oungre) will remain open from 9 a.m.-5 p.m (North Dakota time).