An investment of approximately $2.5 million has allowed for the construction of an improved crossing facility at the West Poplar River Boarder Crossing south of Rockglen.
The installation of a modular port facility is part of a federal government initiative to replace infrastructure at select small ports is being replaced with standardized, prefabricated buildings. The Small Ports Infrastructure Replacement Initiative will also be utilized at five southern Saskatchewan ports over the next two years. A modular port construction project in Coronach is expected to be completed by October, while the ports of Monchy, Willow Creek and Oungre will also be replaced with modular ports over the next 24 months.
“This is not only an investment in infrastructure. This is an investment in the communities of southern Saskatchewan," said Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) President Luc Portelance. "The benefits that stem from modernized facilities extend far beyond the port. The new port offers secure facilities for our officers and the travelling public, to better protect Canada’s border and to facilitate trade in the area.”
The West Poplar River modular port is 139.35 square metres and boasts significantly enhanced functional operational capacity including an enclosed and covered bi-level primary inspection lane booth to process travellers and commercial traffic, as well as a secondary examination area, detention cell, and added security features. This new modular port facility replaces the old facility built in 1954.
"Like many of Canada's entry points, the investment in West Poplar will mean improved trade, increased productivity and job creation," stated Cypress Hills Grasslands MP David Anderson, who attended an Aug. 21 ribbon cutting ceremony at the crossing. "Supporting this border crossing contributes in a fundamental way to the region's economic growth and prosperity. Our Government will continue to create the conditions for new and better jobs for Canadians across all sectors of the economy.”
Last year, close to 3,900 vehicles and nearly 6,500 travellers entered Canada through the West Poplar River port of entry.
The CBSA in Prairie Region operates at 62 locations, including: six international airports, 14 small airports, 34 land border crossings, two marine ports, and five Inland Enforcement offices. The region’s 34 land border ports of entry are located along 1,427 kilometres.