A trio of ports of entry in southeastern Manitoba will see their hours of operation extended, beginning Friday.

Canada's Minister of Public Safety, Marco Mendicino announced Monday morning that starting Friday at 12:01 am, 39 land and three air ports of entry across our Canada will return to pre-pandemic operational hours of service.

Thirteen of those 39 land ports of entry are in Manitoba, including ones in Piney, South Junction and Tolstoi. 

Currently, the hours of operation at Piney are 9 am to 5pm, at South Junction are 8 am to 8 pm and at Tolstoi are 8 am to 6 pm.

Starting Friday, the new hours of operation at Piney will be 9 am to 10 pm, at South Junction will be 8 am to midnight and at Tolstoi will be 8 am to 10 pm.

Meanwhile, the updated hours for the Pinecreek Border Airport at Piney will be 9 am to 10 pm.

"Border communities across Canada rely on small crossings every day," says Mendicino. "The expansion of hours at ports of entry all along the Canada-US border will make it easier for local residents to do everything from getting goods to market to seeing friends and family. The dedicated employees of the Canada Border Services Agency are our country's front line, and I want to thank them for their partnership in extending hours."