The CANPASS RABC program facilitates border
services clearance process for individuals wishing to cross the border
into Canada at the following remote areas:
From Pigeon River through to
and including Lake of the Woods
The Canadian shore of Lake
Sault Ste. Marie (upper lock
WHO CAN APPLY FOR AN RABC PERMIT
Citizens and permanent residents of Canada and the United States are
eligible to apply for a CANPASS RABC permit.
U. S. citizens and permanent residents must meet normal Canadian
visitor legislative requirements, as described in the Immigration and
Refugee Protection Act. In general, visitors must be in good health and
law-abiding, and they must have sufficient funds for their stay in
Canada. For more information on immigration requirements for visitors to
Canada, see the Citizenship and Immigration Canada Web site.
You may not qualify for a CANPASS RABC permit if one of the following
- you are not a permanent resident or citizen of Canada or the
- you have been previously charged with a contravention of customs
or immigration legislation;
- you have a criminal conviction for which you have not received a
- you provided false or incomplete information on the CANPASS RABC
HOW TO APPLY FOR A CANPASS – REMOTE AREA
BORDER CROSSING (RABC) PERMIT
- Applications can be made in person or by
- Applicants must complete and sign the
- Each adult must provide two pieces of
identification: one primary AND one secondary document.
Photocopies of identification are acceptable. Do not put original
documents in the mail.
- You do not need to submit copies of
identification if you have received an RABC permit in the last three
years. You will need only to submit identification for family
members whose names have been added to the permit.
- Each child (under 18 years of age) must
provide only a primary document.
U.S. Permanent Resident Card
State-Issued Birth Certificate
Record of Landing (IMM 1000)
Province-Issued Birth Certificate
Certificate of Naturalization
** Hospital certificates are not acceptable.
Driver's Licence (preferred)
U.S. Social Security Card
Canadian Social Insurance Card
Birth Certificates must have been issued by
state or provincial authorities.
Persons in possession of a valid passport need
only submit a photocopy of the pages bearing their photograph and
signature. No further documentation will be necessary.
- $30.00 Canadian per application payable by
Visa, MasterCard or American Express ONLY.
- A family may consist of a principal
applicant plus spouse and dependant children.
- Applications presented in person may be paid
- The processing fee is NOT refundable.
Who are dependant children? Dependent
children must be your own or the children of your spouse. They must:
- be under the age of 22 and not be a spouse
or common-law partner; OR
- have been continuously enrolled and in
attendance as full-time students in an educational institution AND
financially supported by their parents since reaching age 22 (or
from the date of their marriage if married before age 22). Students
who interrupt their full time studies continue to be considered
dependants as long as they are not away from school for a total or
more than one year and continue to be supported by their parents
during that time (school holidays need not be included). Applicants
must submit proof that they qualify as a student dependent; OR
- due to a physical or mental condition, be
unable to support themselves AND be dependent on their parents for
WHERE TO APPLY FOR A CANPASS – REMOTE AREA
BORDER CROSSING (RABC) PERMIT
The completed application and supporting
documentation can be presented to an Immigration Officer at one of the
Fort Frances, Rainy
River, Pigeon River, Sault Ste Marie, Emerson CBSA ports of
Thunder Bay CBSA office, 201 North May Street
To avoid processing delays at the
border, it is recommended to apply by mail three to four
weeks before your trip.
Mail your completed application
and photocopies of supporting documents to:
Canada Border Services Agency
201 North May Street
Thunder Bay ON P7C 3P4
- Applicants must fully
complete and sign the application.
- Applicants must complete
the credit card information section.
- Applicants must submit
copies of all required identification.
- Applicants will receive a
mailed response, unless an interview is deemed