Canadian Border Services Agency

Border securitization has been a flagstone of structural Islamophobia since the 9/11 era, and continues in Canada to this day. Muslims have unjustly been targeted by securitization policies and practices on many levels in the past decades, with many of these unfair practices still ocurring, fully sanctioned by the law.

CMPAC is determined to identify and address structural biases in the ways Muslims are treated by the Canadian Border Services Agency. Learn more about our concerns with the CBSA, and the work we are doing to address Islamophobia.

CBSA Oversight

The Liberal Government has tabled Bill C-20, introducing the CBSA’s first ever oversight body. The Bill as proposed contains a number of shortcomings that impact the ability to have an accessible, transparent accountability process that affords recourse to those whose complaints are found valid. Importantly, there is currently no recourse for combined or systemic complaints about activities and policies of the CBSA. 

CMPAC has a parliamentary submission addressing these issues, and has lobbied parliamentarians for amendments that ensure the oversight bodies and processes introduced are robust enough to make a difference. Find more information below about our policy and advocacy on this issue.


Officers of the Canadian Border Services Agency wield an unparalleled power over entrants to Canada. These agents have the power to deny entry and even ban entrants into Canada, referred to as inadmissibility.

The justifications used to deem someone inadmissible to Canada can be as loose as being essentially fabricated, with no reasonable recourse available.

Besides being an infringement on civil rights, border agents have specifically targeted Muslim community members, including recent cases of Egyptian refugees landing in BC.

Our work on this file is ongoing, including a call for intervention in cases of unjust denial of entry, changes in the powers afforded to individual agents, and avenues for recourse in cases of abuse.

Our Work on this File

Civil Society Coalition Outlines Bill C-20 Amendment Recommendations

JOINT STATEMENT ON URGENT NEED FOR ACTION TO ENSURE ACCOUNTABLE, INDEPENDENT AND EFFECTIVE REVIEW OF THE RCMP AND CBSA IN BILL C-20 Our organizations, with decades of expertise in the areas of immigration and refugee law, criminal law, human rights, international law,...

Open Letter: Civil Society Response to Inadequacies in Bill C-20

While Bill C-20 is a crucial measure to ensure greater accountability of the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) and the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP), the undersigned organizations are deeply troubled by the federal government’s lack of consultation or...

Submission to Public Safety and National Security on Bill C-20

Bill C-20 establishes a Public Complaints and Review Committee that will oversee civilian complaints about some Canadian Border Security Agency (CBSA) and Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) activity. The legislation falls short in a few areas, including delivering...

Muslim groups ask feds to intervene on behalf of Egyptian refugees in Vancouver

Abdelrahman Elmady is pictured outside of his home in Vancouver in 2021. The Egyptian man, who participated in the Arab Spring protests, faces deportation to his home country, leading Muslim-Canadian organizations to speak up on his behalf. (Ben Nelms/CBC) Dozens of...

Open Letter to Prime Minister Trudeau Calling for Immediate Action to Stop CBSA’s Treatment of Egyptian Refugee Families

We are writing to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to demand that the Minister of Public Safety withdraw his accusations against Egyptian refugee families in Vancouver of inadmissibility for their affiliations with political organisations in Egypt. CBSA alleges that...

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