Below you will find updates to recent developments to Canada's passport program. Please refer to the Passport Canada website for more information about the ePassport and new fee structure.
1. Responsibility for passport program shifts departments July 2: Effective July 2, 2013, primary responsibility for Passport Canada will move to Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC). This move is in line with the duties CIC already performs, such as determining Canadian citizenship. Service Canada will assume responsibility for passport operations, including the 34 passport offices across the country and the call centres.
Canadians will not experience an interruption of services and will be able to continue accessing passport services in Canada through the existing network of 144 Service Canada Centres, 56 Canada Post intake locations, and 34 passport offices across the country. Canadians who need consular services while traveling overseas will continue to be supported by the Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade.
2. Deployment of the 10-year ePassport July 1: The new 36-page ePassport will be available to Canadians through all service channels as of July 1, 2013. Applicants age 16 and over will also have the option of applying for a 5-year or 10-year passport.
3. New passport fees effective July 1, 2013
In Canada (application submitted in Canada and passport is delivered in Canada):
10-year adult passport: $160*
5-year adult passport: $120*
Child passport: $57
Outside of Canada (passport applied for and/or delivered outside Canada):
10-year adult passport: $260*
5-year adult passport: $190*
Child passport: $100
*Price includes a $25 consular service fee
4. New forms: Application requirements will remain the same with the implementation of the new ePassport. New application forms reflecting the new fees and 5-year or 10-year option for Canadians age 16 and older will be available to order from Canada Post as of June 17, 2013.