I have recently read that, as of summer 2020, the government of Canada collects the exit information on its citizens when they cross the border.

However, how does the government track the citizens of Canada with dual citizenship who exit Canada on a foreign passport? The government probably has no information on foreign passports so how can it match (to its citizens) and record (accordingly) the outbound border crossings?

  • 1
    I don't think tracking Canadian citizens is the primary purpose, by far. They are probably far more interested in foreigners, to track overstays and the like for temporary visitors, or actual presence in Canada for those on the citizenship track, and so on. Nevertheless, based on data such as names + place and date of birth they can probably match a lot of people even if they use different passports. What is the scenario you are actually worried about?
    – jcaron
    Feb 15 '21 at 13:56

According to this :


Exit data includes biographic information such as:

  • first name
  • middle name(s)
  • last name
  • date of birth
  • citizenship or nationality
  • gender
  • travel document type, number and name of the country that issued the travel document

So, I assume it'll get your foreign passport ID.

  • Then will they match it to the Canadian passport?
    – sequence
    Feb 16 '21 at 15:03

Your Answer

By clicking “Post Your Answer”, you agree to our terms of service, privacy policy and cookie policy

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.