6 Things To Expect In New Canada-U.S. Border Deal

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In this Nov. 20, 2007 file photo, U.S. Department of Homeland Security Sector Enforcement Specialist John King monitors the border between the United States and Canada in the Border Patrol's communication center in Grand Island, N.Y. In a move that is supposed ease an overburdened immigration system, U.S. Border Patrol field offices around the country have been told to stop the controversial practice of routinely searching buses, trains and airports for illegal immigrants at transportation hubs | AP

Canada and the U.S. are expected to announce a new agreement Wednesday to ease border congestion and better co-ordinate security between the two countries.

The agreement deals with three dozen or so elements of trade and security policy, but the finer points of how the measures will be implemented will be worked out over the next 12 to 18 months.

Prime Minister Stephen Harper and U.S. President Barack Obama announced the Beyond the Border talks last February, leading to a year of consultations and talks on trade and security. The two leaders, who last met in Hawaii last month as part of the Asia-Pacific Economic Co-operation Summit, are meeting in Washington Wednesday.

The leaders have scheduled a press conference for sometime between 2:45 and 3 p.m. ET Wednesday. CBCnews.ca and CBC News Network will carry the press conference live.

Last August, the government released its consultation report, including comments from groups in favour of better co-operation and those worried about how much information Canada is prepared to share with U.S. authorities.

The report notes Canadians make almost 40 million trips to the U.S. every year and $1.6 billion in goods and services cross the border every day. Canada and the U.S. have more trade flowing across the Windsor-Detroit corridor than any other border crossing in the world.

The consultation report also hints at what Canadians can expect in the agreement.

Here are six things to expect from Wednesday