Passport Changes July 1st, 2013

An update on recent developments related to Canada’s passport program.

1.     Responsibility for passport program shifts departments July 2: On May 8, Citizenship, Immigration and Multiculturalism Minister Jason Kenney and Human Resources and Skills Development Minister Diane Finley announced that 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.

 

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 and travel document fees take effect on July 1: Rather than being funded by taxpayers, Canada’s passport program is financed by the fees paid by passport applicants for its services. The organization must ensure it earns sufficient revenue to be able to pay for its expenditures. After not raising fees for more than 10 years (except a $2 increase to reflect rising shipping costs in 2005), this new fee structure is essential to allow us to continue providing this important service that almost 70 per cent of Canadians rely on.

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

For a full breakdown of the funding model, please read Canada’s Passport and Other Travel Document Services Fees Regulations , approved on November 29, 2012.

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.

Please refer to the Passport Canada website for more information about the ePassport and new fee structure.

Canadians who need consular services while traveling overseas will continue to be supported by the Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade.