Border guards asked to declare drug use, unlawful sexual activity

Voluntary ‘integrity survey’ raises privacy, discrimination concerns
By Amanda Silliker
|Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 11/06/2012

The Canadian Border Services Agency (CBSA) is asking employees if they have ever used a fake ID, solicited sex from a prostitute, been dependent on antidepressants and how much alcohol they drink per week.

These questions are part of an “integrity questionnaire” CBSA posted to its website in September. The questionnaire asks current employees and new recruits to voluntarily respond to 57 questions touching on everything from driving history, alcohol and drug use, and gambling (including scratch tickets) to computer hacking and involvement with law enforcement — including if they have ever done anything they could have been arrested for but were not.

“It’s shocking, obviously,” said Jean-Pierre Fortin, national president of the Customs and Immigration Union in Ottawa, which represents 11,200 workers. “We were certainly surprised at how in-depth it was going. We feel it is way too much intrusive into our personal life.”