By Sarah Klein
Three new border-crossing facilities were opened in southwestern Manitoba on Tuesday.
Ports of entry at Goodlands, Coulter and Lyleton came at a combined cost of $16.5 million in federal funding. Each has been outfitted with significant upgrades over the previous structures including the addition of bi-level primary inspection line booths, tertiary garages, and safe and secure detention cells and arming rooms.
The new tertiary garages at the three ports of entry are fully enclosed, enabling officers to conduct extensive examinations safely, while protecting travellers from the outdoor elements.
“Improving important infrastructure, such as the Goodlands port of entry, will help foster our country’s economic growth and prosperity by ensuring the legitimate flow of goods and people across our shared border with the United States is managed efficiently,” said Brandon-Souris MP Larry Maguire.
By the numbers
Last year, more than 17,000 vehicles and nearly 40,000 travellers entered Canada through the Goodlands port of entry, Coulter saw 13,000 vehicles and over 20,000 travellers, and Lyleton processed over 13,000 vehicles and nearly 28,000 travellers.