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Beyond the Border Action Plan: 2012-13

Plans, Spending and Results

Name of Horizontal Initiative: Beyond the Border Action Plan

Name of lead department: Public Safety Canada

Start date of the Horizontal Initiative: December 2011

End date of Horizontal Initiative: End date varies by sub-initiative

Description of the Horizontal Initiative:

The 2016-17 fiscal year marks the fifth fiscal year of implementation of the Beyond the Border (BTB) Action Plan. On February 4, 2011, Canada and the United States (U.S.) issued a document entitled Beyond the Border: A Shared Vision for Perimeter Security and Economic Competitiveness. This Declaration initiated a new long-term partnership between the two countries to work together both at, and beyond, the border to enhance our security and accelerate the legitimate flow of people, goods and services. The BTB Action Plan, released in December 2011, embodies this collaboration and engagement between the two countries, and sets out specific initiatives to secure the Canada-U.S. border and perimeter while facilitating legitimate trade and travel.

The Action Plan sets out joint priorities for achieving a secure and efficient Canada-U.S. border within four areas of cooperation: Addressing Threats Early; Trade Facilitation, Economic Growth and Jobs; Cross-Border Law Enforcement; and, Critical Infrastructure and Cyber Security. In total, 32 initiatives are listed under the four areas, with a number of federal departments and agencies working together, and with U.S. counterparts, to ensure their successful accomplishment. Two additional initiatives ensure the responsible sharing of information, as well as overseeing the successful implementation of the Action Plan.

Planned spending figures by BTB Action Plan theme are presented in the following table. Actual spending against these figures, as well as reports on the progress of BTB initiatives will be presented in Public Safety Canada's Departmental Performance Reports (DPRs) on behalf of participating departments and agencies.