News Release Article from  Canada Border Services Agency

Serving and protecting Canadians in the Southern Ontario Region

Significant seizures took place from July 1 to December 31, 2015


February 9, 2016           Niagara Falls, Ontario   Canada Border Services Agency


The Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) in the Southern Ontario Region (SOR) would like to take this opportunity to share some highlights of the vital work accomplished by SOR employees to protect the safety and security of our borders and our communities.

The Southern Ontario Region of the CBSA covers the southern portion of Ontario, encompassing the cities of Windsor, Sarnia, London, Fort Erie and Niagara Falls, and their surrounding communities. In the last half of 2015, a number of significant seizures took place in the region including:

  • 678 narcotic/controlled drugs seizures, including 26 cocaine seizures totalling 83.8 kg
  • 140 tobacco seizures
  • 321 alcohol seizures
  • 115 seizures totalling 163 firearms
  • Seizures of 348 prohibited weapons and devices
  • 66 currency seizures totalling $1.8 million
  • Improperly declared vehicles worth over $539,000
  • Over $100,000 of artwork and china that were undeclared


Quick Facts

  • SOR’s 115 firearms seizures were the highest in Canada during this period.
  • All currency and monetary instruments must be reported if they total $10,000 or greater in Canadian dollars or its equivalent. Monetary instruments include items such as stocks, bonds, bank drafts, cheques, and travellers’ cheques.
  • It’s important to know your personal exemptions, including those for alcohol and tobacco.



“I am very proud of the excellent work by CBSA officers in Southern Ontario Region. Our officers work diligently to protect the safety and security of Canadians.”
Rick Comerford, Regional Director General, Southern Ontario Region


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Southern Ontario Region
Media Line: 844-580-3636

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Handguns and an assault rifle seized from a Canadian resident returning to Canada at the Rainbow Bridge on July 21, 2015.

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