CBC News found the Canada Border Services Agency investigated over 1,200 allegations of misconduct over a two-and-a-half-year period in 2016 to 2018. (Canada Border Services Agency)

Border agency launched numerous code of conduct investigations

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CBC News has uncovered wide range of alleged misconduct by staff at the Canada Border Service Agency.

The agency has the authority to detain and search Canadians and carry out deportations and is not subject to outside oversight of staff conduct.

The alleged misconduct includes a wide range of alleged offences, including criminal association, excessive force and using “inappropriate sexual language.”

There are at least five allegations of sexual assault.

More benign allegations include sleeping on the job and calling in sick to attend a wedding.

A wide range of allegations were investigated.
(CBC News/Canada Border Services Agency)

Documents obtained by CBC News through an access to information request show the agency launched investigations into 1,200 allegations of misconduct between January 2016 and July 2018.

The CBSA records do not show which allegations were found to be credible or actions the agency took to address specific problems.

The governing Liberals have long promised to introduce legislation to institute an oversight process, but observers say that is unlikely to happen until after this fall’s federal election.

The government says the allegations mainly occurred internally.

“CBSA officers processed 95 million travellers in 2016 and only a very small number of these interactions led to a formal complaint,” a spokesman for Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale told CBC News in an email.

With files from CBC

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