Working with the United States to grow our clean economies and create good, middle-class jobs on both sides of our border

Date Announced:

March 24, 2023

Active Period:

Starting 12:01 A.M (EDT) on Saturday, March 25, 2023


To address irregular migration, we are expanding the Safe Third Country Agreement to apply not only at designated ports of entry, but across the entire land border, including internal waterways, ensuring fairness and more orderly migration between our two countries. This change will come into effect at 12:01 A.M (EDT) on Saturday, March 25, 2023. Canada also announced we will welcome 15,000 migrants on a humanitarian basis from the Western Hemisphere over the course of the year, with a path to economic opportunities to address forced displacement, as an alternative to irregular migration.

Departments and Agencies:

Office of the Prime Minister

Type of Administrative Action:

Immigration Category:

Refugee claimants


Canada; irregular migration; Safe Third Country Agreement; United Sates

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