Lena Port of Entry Redevelopment

In support of the Canada Border Services Agency's Border Transformation initiative, the Land Border Crossing Project seeks to renovate or rebuild 24 land border ports of entry (POE) to modernize its custodial facilities. Included as part of this initiative, is the project at Lena POE. The new building will replace the current facility that is past its lifecycle, and will be rebuilt within the existing site footprint. The CBSA will use building and construction methods to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, contribute to sustainable development commitments by integrating climate change resilience into the design, construction, and operational aspects of the project and by reducing the environmental impact of structural construction materials using recycled and lower-carbon materials. Temporary facilities will be installed if required in order to keep the Port of Entry operational during construction.

This project will consist of multiple phases. First, the project will demolish any required outbuildings. This will be followed by site preparations for the new facility, and then finally the construction of the new facility along with new roadways. Once commissioned and deemed operational, the staff will move into the new facility.

The Lena POE is located on Provincial Trunk Highway 18, 20 kilometers south of Killarney, Manitoba. The nearest community is St. John, North Dakota (USA) located approximately 7 kilometers to the southwest. The POE sits on 0.486 hectares of land, surrounded by agricultural land utilized for crop production with some areas of linear treed shelterbelts and depressional areas of prairie pothole wetland and agricultural drains. Rural residential and farm properties are located near the project site to the north. Small patches of deciduous wooded areas are present in the area as well. Regional drainage and anticipated groundwater flow is primarily northeast towards the Pembina River. The project site uses an individual water well that supplies non-potable water to the on-site washroom and kitchen facilities. The site is serviced by an on site septic field.

An Environmental Effects Evaluation report was completed by WSP Engineering, and included a review of biophysical effects, socio-economic and health effects, and effects on Indigenous Peoples.  The site survey was completed July 2018 when migratory birds were present. The final report was published in January 2019. An archaeological potential screening noted the potential for archaeological resources was low. The CBSA has and will continue to engage all potentially impacted Indigenous communities. All suggested mitigation measures to reduce environmental effects will be enforced.  


Latest update

September 22, 2022 - The assessment decision statement has been issued to the proponent.



Environmental Operations
Canada Border Services Agency
Hayley Buchanan, Manager of Compliance
Telephone: 343-543-3144
Email: Hayley.Buchanan@cbsa-asfc.gc.ca

  • Location

    • Lena Port of Entry (Manitoba)
  • Nature of Activity

    • Building and Property Development
  • Assessment Status

  • Start Date

  • Proponent

    Canada Border Services Agency
  • Authorities

    • Canada Border Services Agency
  • Assessment Type

    Project on federal lands
  • Reference Number


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