According to the office of Citizenship, Immigration and Multiculturalism Minister Jason Kenney, biometric scanning is coming for immigrants to Canada.
The scanning program, which could be an electronic fingerprinting program, will cost about $200 million and the first phase will begin in India. However, no one’s saying which countries are going to be a part of the program and despite the Toronto Star reporting that the program would be implemented in India first, his office says that’s not true.
“There hasn’t actually been a decision yet on which countries are going to be involved in biometrics,” said a spokesperson from Kenney’s office. “There are countries in discussion right now… no one’s being leaned towards.”
A decision on which countries would be involved should be ready by the end of this year or in early 2012.
Biometrics can also include facial scanning or retina scanning along with fingerprint scanning. The 2008 federal budget introduced Canadians to biometrics, saying “Border security remains a priority for Canadians. Criminals are increasingly more sophisticated and well funded, including those who engage in document fraud to illegally move people or goods across borders,” it said.
“Further to biometric field trials in Canada that were successfully completed in 2007, the government will introduce the use of biometric data, such as fingerprints and live photographs, in its visa-issuing process to accurately verify identity and travel documents of foreign nationals who enter Canada,” said the website.
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