Protecting Canadians in the Southern Ontario Region - Significant enforcement actions from January 1 to December 31, 2017

News Release

January 23, 2018                                                                  Niagara Falls, Ontario                                                        Canada Border Services Agency 

The Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) would like to highlight some of the outstanding work done in the Southern Ontario Region (SOR). This 2017 snapshot demonstrates the ongoing efforts made by SOR employees in their commitment to protect the safety and security of our borders and our communities. 

The Southern Ontario Region encompasses the cities of Windsor, Sarnia, London, Fort Erie and Niagara Falls, and their surrounding communities. In 2017, SOR border services officers (BSOs) processed over 14 million conveyances, including just under 25 million travellers. This resulted in a large number of enforcement actions including: 

  • 1,653 drug seizures, including 171.5 kg of cocaine;

  • 235 seized firearms;

  • 672 seized prohibited weapons;

  • 9,444 litres of seized alcohol;

  • 245 tobacco product seizures;

  • 5 child pornography seizures;

  • 10 suspected proceeds of crime seizures valued at $228,438;

  • intercepted 100 drinking or drug impaired drivers;

  • arrested 23 persons breaching court imposed conditions;

  • arrested 26 people for other criminality; and

  • 1,172 individuals were removed from Canada. 

Finally, in addition to enforcing the law and keeping narcotics and other contraband out of Canada, the CBSA was also instrumental in reuniting children with their legal guardians. In 2017 the Agency assisted with the recovery of five missing/abducted children.


“These numbers exemplify the excellent work done daily by CBSA officers in the Southern Ontario Region. These individuals work diligently to protect the safety and security of Canadians.” Rick Comerford, Regional Director General, Southern Ontario Region

Quick Facts

  • On Tuesday, May 30, 2017, the CBSA and Royal Canadian Mounted Police jointly arrested a London, Ontario man for importing fentanyl.

  • On September 22, 2017 over 30 kilograms of cocaine was found hidden within a commercial load at the Ambassador Bridge.

  • On September 21, 2017 eleven foreign nationals were discovered hiding behind a curtain in the sleeper area of a transport truck.

  • Nearly 50 kilograms of cocaine was intercepted at the Queenston Bridge in November 2017.

  • If you have information about suspicious cross-border activity, please contact the CBSA Border Watch Toll free Line at 1-888-502-9060.

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