On February 4, 2011, President Obama and Prime Minister Harper announced the United States-Canada joint declaration, Beyond the Border: A Shared Vision for Perimeter Security and Economic Competitiveness. Beyond the Border articulates a shared approach to security in which both countries work together to address threats within, at, and away from our borders, while expediting lawful trade and travel.
On December 7, 2011, President Obama and Prime Minister Harper released the Beyond the Border Action Plan, which sets out joint priorities and specific initiatives for achieving this vision.
On January 19, 2017, DHS published, on behalf of the U.S. government, a fact sheet detailing the accomplishments of Beyond the Border from 2011 through 2016. The governments of the United States and Canada have worked together in a concerted way to advance our shared interests in perimeter security and economic competitiveness, achieving results that will improve the lives of residents, visitors, and businesses in both our countries.
Beyond the Border Documents
- Beyond the Border Action Plan
- Beyond the Border Implementation Reports
- Beyond the Border Fact Sheet
- 2012-2016 Progress Report
- July 11, 2019: U.S. and Canada Continue Commitment to Securing our Borders, Begin Phase III of the Entry/Exit Project Under the Beyond the Border Initiative
- Privacy Impact Assessments
- U.S.-Canada Binational Border Infrastructure Investment Plan - 2.0
- Beyond the Border Action Plan: Wood Packaging Material Inspections Feasibility Study
- Considerations for U.S. - Canada Border Traffic Disruption Management
- Compendium of U.S.-Canada Emergency Management Mechanisms
- U.S.-Canada Binational Border Infrastructure Investment Plan
- Entry/Exit Information System Phase 1 Joint Report (PDF, 9 pages - 222 KB)
- Facilitating the Conduct of Cross-Border Business
- Statement of Privacy Principles by the United States and Canada