Recent Publications

Improving the Process of Adjudicating TN Status

Border Policy Brief, Fall 2015

TN status is a non-immigrant status that enables Canadians to work temporarily in certain professional positions in the U.S. This Border Brief examines how the adjudication process for Canadians seeking TN status has changed since the program was created by NAFTA in 1994. While frustration still exists with the TN program (only 2 professions have been added in over 20 years), recent policy changes may be improving the adjudication process for Canadians seeking TN status in the U.S.

A Business Case for Increasing RFID at the Land Border

Technical Memo, October 2015

Widespread use of RFID-enabled documents has the potential to greatly increase throughput at border crossings, which would alleviate the need for additional infrastructure/staffing and would also reduce GHG emissions. The Whatcom Council of Governments, with assistance from the BPRI, produced this technical memo documenting costs and benefits associated with a scenario involving government-subsidized distribution of RFID-enabled documents.

Washington State's Economy in Relation to Canada and the Border

Special Report, June 2015

This report is a consolidation of research results gathered over the past decade, revealing the economic interdependence between Canada and Washington.

Monetizing Some Benefits of Participation in NEXUS

Border Policy Brief, Summer 2015

NEXUS is a 'trusted traveler' program that provides expedited processing to travelers entering the U.S. and Canada. This Border Brief analyzes several benefits that accrue to NEXUS members, including reduced delays, increased predictability in travel times, and the monetary value of time and gasoline savings. These metrics demonstrate the value of the NEXUS program to individuals, as well as the broader public.



Housed at Western Washington University, the Border Policy Research Institute (BPRI) is a multi-disciplinary institute that undertakes research that informs policy-makers on matters related to the Canada - U.S. border. Priority focus areas are trade and transportation, economics, environment, immigration, and border security. The University established the BPRI to further a mission of promoting research, academic programs, and public programming on critical policy issues affecting the Pacific Northwest. The BPRI works closely with cognate programs at the University and collaborates with many public and private entities within the Pacific Northwest.

News & Events

"The Economic Impact of Cross-Border Retailing in Whatcom County"

Tuesday, March 1, 12:00-1:00 in Canada House

Senior Economics student Daniel Edgel presents research on cross-border retail shopping, including the factors that influence British Columbians to cross the border to shop, the importance of the exchange rate, and how significant same-day cross-border shoppers are to Whatcom County's economy.

Paul Storer Memorial Fund

Dr. Paul Storer was an integral part of the work produced at BPRI and shaped decades of research on business and economic relations between the U.S. and Canada. To learn about his memorial fund, CLICK HERE.


2016-2017 Graduate Research Fellowship

The BPRI is launching a Graduate Research Fellowship in conjunction with Huxley College, offering a full year of financial support. Graduate fellows are intimately involved with the policy research undertaken at the BPRI and have the opportunity to present research at a regional conference. Applications are currently being accepted.