On June 15, 2016, An Act to Amend the Customs Act (Bill C-21) received its first reading in the House of Commons. This enactment, introduced by the Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness, amends the Customs Act to authorize the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) to collect, from prescribed persons and prescribed sources, personal information on all persons who are leaving or have left Canada. It also amends the Act to authorize an officer, as defined in that Act, to require that goods that are to be exported from Canada are to be reported despite any exemption under that Act. In addition, it amends the Act to provide officers with the power to examine any goods that are to be exported. Finally, it amends the Act to authorize the disclosure of information collected under the Customs Act to an official of the Department of Employment and Social Development for the purposes of administering or enforcing the Old Age Security Act.
The Bill (revised Section 159 (2) of the Customs Act) also makes it an offence to smuggle or attempt to smuggle out of Canada, whether clandestinely or not, any goods that are subject to duties, or any goods the exportation of which is prohibited, controlled or regulated under the Customs Act or any other Act of Parliament, and applies the punishment set out in Section 160 (1).