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Immigration and Refugee Protection Regulations (SOR/2002-227)

Regulations are current to 2022-09-22 and last amended on 2022-06-21. Previous Versions

PART 17Transportation (continued)

Marginal note:Relief from obligations

 Despite sections 273 and 276, a commercial transporter is relieved of its obligation to carry a foreign national from Canada, except for a member of its crew or a foreign national who entered Canada to become a member of its crew, if the foreign national at the time of their examination

  • (a) was authorized to enter and remain in Canada on a temporary basis;

  • (b) held a temporary or permanent resident visa; or

  • (c) was a person prescribed under section 258.1 and the commercial transporter was not, before the person was carried to Canada, notified under section 270 that the person may have been a prescribed person.

  • SOR/2016-37, ss. 10, 15

Marginal note:Removal costs

 A transporter that is required under the Act to carry a foreign national from Canada must pay the following costs of removal and, if applicable, attempted removal:

  • (a) expenses incurred within or outside Canada with respect to the foreign national’s accommodation and transport, including penalties for changes of date or routing;

  • (b) accommodation and travel expenses incurred by any escorts provided to accompany the foreign national;

  • (c) fees paid in obtaining passports, travel documents and visas for the foreign national and any escorts;

  • (d) the cost of meals, incidentals and other expenses as calculated in accordance with the rates set out in the Travel Directive published by the Treasury Board Secretariat, as amended from time to time;

  • (e) any wages paid to escorts and other personnel; and

  • (f) the costs or expenses incurred with respect to interpreters and medical and other personnel engaged for the removal.

Marginal note:Assessment of administration fee

  •  (1) Subject to subsection (2), an administration fee must be assessed against a commercial transporter in respect of any of the following foreign nationals it carried or caused to be carried to Canada:

    • (a) a foreign national who is inadmissible under section 41 of the Act for failing to meet the requirements of section 6, subsection 7(1), section 7.01 or 7.1 or subsection 50(1) or 52(1);

    • (b) a foreign national who is prescribed under section 258.1 or whom the commercial transporter has been directed under paragraph 148(1)(a) of the Act not to carry to Canada;

    • (c) a foreign national who is exempt, under subsection 52(2), from the requirement to hold a passport or travel document but who fails to produce sufficient evidence of their identity;

    • (d) a foreign national who failed to appear for an examination on entry into Canada;

    • (e) a foreign national who entered Canada as a member of a crew or to become a member of a crew and is inadmissible; and

    • (f) a foreign national who is subject to a removal order, or is allowed under section 42 to withdraw their application to enter Canada, and who fails to leave Canada immediately.

  • Marginal note:Exceptions

    (2) An administration fee shall not be assessed against a commercial transporter in respect of

    • (a) a person referred to in section 39;

    • (b) a foreign national who is prescribed under section 258.1 and in respect of whom notice under section 270 was not given before the foreign national was carried to Canada but who holds the necessary documents prescribed under section 259;

    • (c) a foreign national who does not hold an electronic travel authorization when one is required under section 7.01 or 7.1 and in respect of whom the Canada Border Services Agency did not give notice under section 270 to the commercial transporter before the foreign national was carried to Canada, but who holds one of the required prescribed documents set out in paragraphs 259(a) to (f); or

    • (d) a foreign national, other than a foreign national referred to in paragraph 190(3)(c), who seeks to enter Canada to obtain permanent residence and is inadmissible under paragraph 41(a) of the Act for failing to obtain a permanent resident visa as required under section 6, but who is exempted under Division 1 of Part 2 from the requirement to obtain an electronic travel authorization required under section 7.01 or 7.1 or exempted under Division 5 of Part 9 from the requirement to obtain a temporary resident visa.

    • (e) [Repealed, SOR/2016-37, s. 11]

  • SOR/2004-167, s. 68
  • SOR/2016-37, ss. 11, 16
  • SOR/2017-53, s. 8

Marginal note:Administration fee

  •  (1) Subject to subsection (2), the administration fee assessed under section 279 is $3,200.

  • Marginal note:Memorandum of understanding

    (2) If a memorandum of understanding in accordance with subsection (3) is in effect between the commercial transporter and the Minister, the administration fee assessed is

    • (a) $3,200, if the commercial transporter does not demonstrate that it complies with the memorandum of understanding, if the commercial transporter carried to Canada a foreign national who is prescribed under section 258.1 or whom the commercial transporter has been directed under paragraph 148(1)(a) of the Act not to carry to Canada, or if the administration fee is assessed in respect of a member of the crew of the transporter;

    • (b) $2,400, if the commercial transporter demonstrates that it complies with the memorandum of understanding;

    • (c) $1,600, if the commercial transporter demonstrates that it complies with the memorandum of understanding and has a number of administration fee assessments that is equal to or less than the number specified in the memorandum, for the period specified in the memorandum, for reducing the administration fee by 50%;

    • (d) $800, if the commercial transporter demonstrates that it complies with the memorandum of understanding and has a number of administration fee assessments that is equal to or less than the number specified in the memorandum, for the period specified in the memorandum, for reducing the administration fee by 75%; and

    • (e) $0, if the commercial transporter demonstrates that it complies with the memorandum of understanding and has a number of administration fee assessments that is equal to or less than the number specified in the memorandum, for the period specified in the memorandum, for reducing the administration fee by 100%.

  • Marginal note:Content of memorandum of understanding

    (3) A memorandum of understanding referred to in subsection (2) shall include provisions respecting

    • (a) document screening;

    • (b) the training of personnel in document screening;

    • (c) the use of technological aids;

    • (d) fraud prevention;

    • (e) gate checks;

    • (f) information exchange;

    • (g) performance standards and administration fee assessments;

    • (h) compliance monitoring of the provisions of the memorandum of understanding;

    • (i) holding documents under section 260;

    • (j) providing information referred to in subsections 269(1) and (2);

    • (k) stowaways; and

    • (l) security screening of members of a crew.

  • SOR/2016-37, s. 12

Marginal note:Notice of assessment

  •  (1) The assessment of an administration fee shall be served personally, by registered mail, by facsimile with acknowledgement of receipt or by electronic transmission on a representative of the commercial transporter.

  • Marginal note:Service effected

    (2) Service of the assessment by registered mail is deemed to have been effected on the seventh day after the day on which the assessment was mailed.

Marginal note:Submissions concerning assessment

  •  (1) The commercial transporter may submit written submissions to the Minister within 30 days after being served with an assessment of an administration fee.

  • Marginal note:Final decision and notice

    (2) If submissions are made, the Minister must consider the submissions, confirm, vary or cancel the assessment and give written notice of the final decision to the commercial transporter.

  • Marginal note:Elements considered

    (2.1) In considering the submissions, the Minister must take into account whether the commercial transporter was, before the foreign national was carried to Canada, notified under section 270 that the foreign national may have been a person prescribed under section 258.1 or a person who did not hold an electronic travel authorization when one was required under section 7.01 or 7.1.

  • Marginal note:Liability

    (3) If no submissions are made within the 30-day period, the assessment is final and the commercial transporter is liable for the assessment at the end of that period.

  • Marginal note:Liability

    (4) If the Minister confirms an assessment under subsection (2), the commercial transporter is liable for the assessment on the date the notice is sent.

  • SOR/2016-37, ss. 13, 17
  • SOR/2017-53, s. 9

Marginal note:Security

  •  (1) The Minister may, on the basis of the following factors, require a commercial transporter to provide security for compliance with its obligations under paragraphs 148(1)(a) to (g) of the Act:

    • (a) the frequency and regularity of arrival, or anticipated arrival, of the transporter’s vehicles carrying persons to Canada;

    • (b) the number of persons carried, or anticipated to be carried, to Canada aboard the transporter’s vehicles;

    • (c) whether the transporter has carried an inadmissible foreign national to Canada; and

    • (d) the anticipated risk of inadmissible foreign nationals being carried to Canada by the transporter.

  • Marginal note:Amount of security

    (2) If the Minister requires security to be provided, the Minister shall determine the amount of security on the basis of the following factors:

    • (a) the commercial transporter’s record of compliance with the Act; and

    • (b) the anticipated risk of inadmissible foreign nationals being carried to Canada by the transporter and the estimated removal costs.

  • Marginal note:Form of security

    (3) A commercial transporter who is required to provide security must provide it in the form of a cash deposit unless

    • (a) the transporter has entered into a memorandum of understanding referred to in subsection 280(2) that provides for another form of security; and

    • (b) the transporter demonstrates that there is no significant risk of a debt not being paid if they were to provide another form of security.

  • Marginal note:Return of security

    (4) If the Minister determines on the basis of the factors set out in subsection (1) that security is no longer required, the Minister shall return the security to the commercial transporter.

Marginal note:Application of s. 148(2) of the Act

 For the purposes of subsection 148(2) of the Act, a prescribed good is a good that is not land, a building or a transportation facility.

Marginal note:Object detained or seized

 If an object is detained or seized under subsection 148(2) of the Act, that object shall remain detained or seized until

  • (a) the transporter complies with its obligations under section 148 of the Act; or

  • (b) the transporter’s obligations are discharged by another person.

Marginal note:Notice of seizure

  •  (1) Following a seizure under subsection 148(2) of the Act, an officer shall make reasonable efforts to

    • (a) identify the lawful owner of the object seized; and

    • (b) give notice of the seizure to that person.

  • Marginal note:Disposition after seizure

    (2) A thing seized under subsection 148(2) of the Act shall be disposed of by

    • (a) returning the object to the transporter on receipt of

      • (i) an amount equal to the value of the object at the time of seizure and any expenses incurred in the seizure and, if applicable, detention,

      • (ii) the security required under the Act or any costs and fees for which the transporter is liable, as well as an amount equal to any expenses incurred in the seizure and, if applicable, detention, or

      • (iii) evidence that the transporter is in compliance with its obligations under subsection 148(1) of the Act and has reimbursed Her Majesty in right of Canada for any expenses incurred in the seizure and, if applicable, detention; or

    • (b) disposing of the object under section 287.

Marginal note:Sale of a seized object

  •  (1) If a transporter does not comply with paragraph 286(2)(a) within a reasonable time, an officer shall give notice to the transporter that the object will be sold. The object shall then be sold for the benefit of Her Majesty in right of Canada and the proceeds of the sale shall be applied to the transporter’s outstanding debt to Her Majesty under the Act. Any surplus shall be returned to the transporter.

  • Marginal note:Costs incurred in seizure

    (2) Any expenses incurred by Her Majesty in right of Canada in selling the object, and any expenses incurred in the seizure or, if applicable, detention of the object, shall be deducted from the proceeds of the sale.

  • SOR/2004-167, s. 69(E)

PART 18Loans

Marginal note:Definition of beneficiary

 In this Part, beneficiary, in respect of a person, means

  • (a) the person’s spouse, common-law partner or conjugal partner;

  • (b) a dependent child of the person or of the person’s spouse, common-law partner or conjugal partner; and

  • (c) any other person who, at the time of their application for a permanent resident visa or their application to remain in Canada as a permanent resident, is in a relationship of dependency with the person by virtue of being cared for by or receiving emotional and financial support from the person.

  • SOR/2009-163, s. 10(F)

Marginal note:Types of loans

 The Minister may make loans to the following persons for the following purposes:

  • (a) to a foreign national referred to in Part 1 of the Act for the purpose of

    • (i) defraying the cost to the foreign national and their beneficiaries of transportation from their point of departure outside Canada to their point of destination in Canada, and related administrative charges,

    • (ii) assisting the foreign national and their beneficiaries to become established in Canada, or

    • (iii) defraying the fee, referred to in subsection 303(1), payable for the acquisition by the foreign national and their beneficiaries of permanent resident status;

  • (b) to a foreign national referred to in Part 2 of the Act for the purpose of

    • (i) defraying the cost to the foreign national and their beneficiaries of transportation from their point of departure outside Canada to their point of destination in Canada, and related administrative charges,

    • (ii) defraying the cost to the foreign national and their beneficiaries of transportation to attend any interview relating to their application, and related administrative charges,

    • (iii) defraying the cost to the foreign national and their beneficiaries of a medical examination under paragraph 16(2)(b) of the Act, and related costs and administrative charges, or

    • (iv) assisting the foreign national and their beneficiaries to become established in Canada; and

  • (c) to a permanent resident or a Canadian citizen for the purpose of

    • (i) defraying the cost to their beneficiaries of transportation from their point of departure outside Canada to their point of destination in Canada, and related administrative charges,

    • (ii) defraying the cost to their beneficiaries of a medical examination under paragraph 16(2)(b) of the Act, and related costs and administrative charges, if the beneficiaries are protected persons within the meaning of subsection 95(2) of the Act, or

    • (iii) defraying the fee, referred to in subsection 303(1), payable for the acquisition by their beneficiaries of permanent resident status.

  • SOR/2009-163, s. 11(F)
  • SOR/2012-154, s. 14
 
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