Living Near the Boundary

The boundary is a model neighbour. Quiet, discreet but always present.

It nevertheless plays a prominent role for the sovereignty between Canada and the United States.

For the population living near the border, particularly landowners whose lands are adjacent, the boundary can sometimes be a bit more demanding.

This vista, clearly visible in forested areas becomes a bit more anonymous, but just as present over agricultural lands.

For citizens of the two countries, protecting this vista requires that an authorization be granted by the International Boundary Commission for all construction, expansion or excavation works that might infringe on the 3- metre or 10-foot area on either side of the line.

When the International Boundary Commission schedules maintenance or repair work in a given sector, it generally informs landowners that IBC crews may need to use their property to access the boundary line.