NEXUS eGate, or the NEXUS electronic gate, allows Canada-bound NEXUS lane privileges to be extended during off-peak hours.
An eGate consists of the following modifications to the NEXUS lane:
- One electronic gate (exit) installed in the NEXUS lane.
- Video surveillance equipment to transmit images to the office.
- An intercom for the border services officer to communicate with members in the vehicle.
- Note: A text to lane option to assist travellers who are hard of hearing.
To use eGate:
- Proceed to the NEXUS lane.
- Stop at the NEXUS eGate intercom mounted on the side of the booth.
- Should you require text-based services, press the button located outside the booth with the universal hard of hearing symbol.
- Respond to the primary interview questions asked by the border services officer through the intercom or respond using your preferred gesture to text-based questions for travellers who are hard of hearing.
- Proceed into Canada or, if directed by the border services officer, proceed to secondary for further inspection once the exit gate is raised.
Visit NEXUS Land for more information on other requirements.
Fort Erie pilot project
To test eGate at a high volume port of entry, a pilot was conducted at Peace Bridge, in Fort Erie, Ontario, for a period of one year, starting in May 2014. Although the pilot is now completed, NEXUS eGate remains available at that location, and extends NEXUS hours of service to allow 24/7 access.
eGate at other locations
The CBSA is currently reviewing the results of the pilot project in order to develop recommendations for a way forward. Installation of NEXUS eGate technology at other ports of entry will be considered on a case-by-case basis.
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