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Public Safety Canada

March 17, 2009 09:40 ET

Minister Van Loan Comments on the Launch of Enhanced Driver's Licences in Quebec

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - March 17, 2009) - The Honourable Peter Van Loan, Minister of Public Safety, today issued the following statement regarding the launch of enhanced driver's licences by the Government of Quebec.

"This announcement by the Government of Quebec is welcome news. The launch of enhanced driver's licenses by Quebec helps implement the Government of Canada's ongoing work to ensure that legitimate trade and travel across our borders are not interrupted as a result of the U.S. Western Hemisphere Travel Initiative (WHTI).

As a result of the efforts of the Government of Canada, the United States Government now accepts the use of enhanced driver's licenses as an alternative to passports. Our Government has invested $6 million over the next two years towards federal activities to support provinces and territories planning to introduce enhanced driver's licenses.

Today's announcement provides Quebec residents who are Canadian citizens with another accepted document option when traveling to the United States by land or water under the U.S. Western Hemisphere Travel Initiative (WHTI)."

As of June 1, 2009, when seeking to enter the United States at its land or water crossings, Canadian citizens will be required to show a WHTI-compliant document, such as a valid passport, NEXUS card, Free and Secure Trade (FAST) card, enhanced driver's licence or enhanced identification card. Since January 2007, Canadian citizens travelling by air to, through or from the United States must present a valid passport or a valid NEXUS card.

For more information about U.S. entry requirements for Canadian citizens and how to apply for a WHTI-compliant document, visit the Canada Border Services Agency website at

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