Alberta is one of Canada’s most robust provincial economies with the highest GDP per capita and an economy driven by its ability to export products and services. As a result, transportation and logistics plays a critical role in our economy, as it supports a variety of industries across the province. Yet, with one of the best transportation systems in Canada, we still have only one full-service commercial port of entry between Alberta and the U.S. There is a need for better access and hours at our border to facilitate efficient trade between Canada and the US. 


While 73.6 percent of Alberta’s exports to the U.S. were carried by pipeline, $10.5 billion were transported by road. With the fewest number of highway/land border crossings within Canada, Alberta is also currently the one of two provinces bordering the U.S. to have one 24-hour border crossing, situated in Coutts, Alberta. Previously, the Regway border crossing in Saskatchewan was 24-hours, however during the COVID-19 pandemic response the hours were reduced. The shortening of hours at Regway was intended to be a temporary measure, though there have been no reopening announcements at this time.  

Our Recommendations

  1. Create a dedicated program for twinning all sections of Highway 3 with an annual sustainable contribution.  
  2. Initiate archeological studies at the Highway 2/Highways 3 proposed bypass interchange at Fort Macleod and completion of the Highway 3 Fort Macleod bypass. 
  3. Twin Highway 3 between municipalities as a highway rather than a freeway to allow for more cost flexibility.  
  4. Advocate to the Government of British Columbia the benefits of twinning Highway 3, and encourage them to begin the process of continuing highway twinning on their side of the border.  
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If you have any questions, contact Dana Severson at or (780) 425-4180 ext. 2.