NEXUS - DEDICATED COMMUTER LANES
NEXUS is designed to expedite the border clearance process for low-risk, pre-approved travellers into Canada and the United States.
The Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) and United States Customs and Border Protection (CBP) are cooperating in this joint venture to simplify border crossings for members, while enhancing security.
To become a member in this program, you must:
- submit an application and go through a registration process;
- satisfy the eligibility criteria;
- be admissible in Canada and the United States; and
- pass risk assessments by both countries.
If you are approved to participate in NEXUS, you will receive a membership identification card to use when entering Canada or the United States at all participating NEXUS air, land and marine ports of entry.
Membership will allow you to save time by:
- crossing the border more quickly, using automated NEXUS self-serve kiosks in designated areas at participating international airports;
- a quick and simplified entry process while travelling back and forth between Canada and the U.S., using dedicated lanes at land borders; and
- reporting to border officials by phone in the marine mode.
What is the difference between CANPASS Air and NEXUS?
CANPASS Air is a Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) program. Members can clear the border faster when they arrive in Canada.
NEXUS is a partnership program between the CBSA and U.S. Customs and Border Protection. Members can clear the border faster when travelling to the United States and Canada.
You may qualify to participate in NEXUS if you are a citizen or permanent resident of Canada or the U.S. and have lived in one of these countries continuously for the last three years.
You may not qualify if you:
- are inadmissible to Canada or the United States under applicable immigration laws;
- provide false or incomplete information on your application;
- have been convicted of a criminal offence, in any country, for which you have not received a pardon (for U.S. background checks you may be questioned about full criminal history, including arrests and pardons, which may exclude you from NEXUS);
- have been found in violation of customs or immigration law; or
- fail to meet other requirements of NEXUS.
Both countries must approve your application for you to become a member of NEXUS. If you do not meet any of the requirements, your application will be denied.
Children under the age of 18 will need the consent of a parent or legal guardian to enroll in NEXUS. At the interview, children under the age of 18 must be accompanied by at least one custodial parent or guardian with documentary evidence of custody with no restrictions on removal from the custodial jurisdiction. The documents presented to the officer at the NEXUS enrollment centre have to establish that the adult or adults are the parents or legal guardians of the child.
Nexus is now offered at the following border crossings in Southern Ontario/Michigan/New York:
- The Bluewater Bridge in Sarnia/Port Huron
- The Ambassador Bridge in Windsor/Detroit
- The Peace Bridge in Fort Erie/Buffalo
- The Detroit-Windsor Tunnel in Windsor/Detroit
- The Rainbow Bridge in Niagara Falls, Ontario/Niagara Falls, New York
(NEXUS available U.S. bound only)
- The Whirlpool Bridge in Niagara Falls, Ontario/Niagara Falls, New York
Please call for appointments and/or questions at 1-866-NEXUS-26 (1-866-639-8726).
For more information please visit the Canada Customs & Revenue Agency website at