Biometrics-enabled primary inspection kiosks land at Toronto, Halifax and Quebec City airports

Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) announced the implementation of fingerprint verification for biometrically enrolled foreign nationals and permanent residents using Primary Inspection Kiosks at Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport, Québec City Jean Lesage International Airport and Halifax Stanfield International Airport.

Primary Inspection Kiosks are self-service, biometric-enabled kiosks that automate the border clearance process and will be phased-in at all major Canadian airports throughout 2019. Canada is now using fingerprint verification technology through the kiosks to establish that a person seeking entry into the country is the same person that was issued their visa, permit or permanent residence documentation.

Canada’s expanded biometric screening requirements state that all temporary resident visa, work permit, study permit, and temporary resident permit applicants (excluding U.S. Citizens) and all permanent resident applicants are now required to provide fingerprints and facial images for biometric identity verification when submitting an application to Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada or to the CBSA.

Primary Inspection Kiosks are now available at Vancouver International Airport, Edmonton International Airport, Winnipeg Richardson International Airport, Terminal 3 of Toronto Pearson International Airport, Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport, Ottawa International Airport, Montreal-Trudeau International Airport, Québec City Jean Lesage International Airport and Halifax Stanfield International Airport.

Earlier this month Vancouver International Airport’s Innovative Travel Solutions announced that its self-service border control solution BorderXpress is the first in Canada to be updated to meet the new biometric screening requirements.

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