TORONTO, Oct. 25, 2013 /CNW/ - Canada's Citizenship and Immigration
Minister Chris Alexander today personally delivered the one millionth
10-year ePassport to Mark Walker of Mississauga, Ontario.
"The 10-year ePassport is the ultimate symbol of citizenship and has
proven to be a huge success with Canadians," said Alexander. "This week
at citizenship ceremonies from coast-to-coast many new Canadians are
feeling the pride of citizenship and becoming eligible for the Canadian
The new 10-year ePassport was launched on July 1. Our government
projects we will issue more than 5.2 million passports this fiscal year
"Canadians may be surprised at the sheer volume of passports issued in
such a short period of time," said Alexander. "Despite an increase in
demand following the release of the 10-year passport, we have continued
to deliver these important documents on time and within our service
standards. This level of service is a testament to the commitment and
dedication of our employees who deliver these important documents to
Canadians both at home and abroad."
Canada has 34 passport offices across the country and a network of approximately 200 Service Canada
and Canada Post passport receiving agents that offer Canadians broad access to passport services. Canadians who
travel or live outside of Canada can access travel document services
through Government of Canada offices abroad.
Canadian Citizenship Week 2013 compels us to reflect on all that comes
with being Canadian. For more information on Canada's Citizenship Week,
including a list of citizenship ceremonies and events in your region,
and details on organizing a reaffirmation ceremony, visit the Citizenship Week section of our website.
Building a stronger Canada: Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC)
strengthens Canada's economic, social and cultural prosperity, helping
ensure Canadian safety and security while managing one of the largest
and most generous immigration programs in the world.
SOURCE: Citizenship and Immigration Canada
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