CALGARY, July 2, 2013 /CNW/ - Canada's new and more secure 10-year ePassport is now available to Canadians, Citizenship, Immigration and
Multiculturalism Minister Jason Kenney announced today.
"The new, 10-year ePassport provides more convenience for Canadians, and
facilitates safe, secure travel which, in turn, helps create jobs,
growth and long-term prosperity for Canadians," said Minister Kenney.
"The Canadian passport is not only a privilege of citizenship, but a
reflection of the rights and responsibilities of citizenship."
ePassports are the international norm in travel documents. They contain
technologically-advanced features, including an embedded electronic
chip, to prevent fraud. The chip stores the same personal information
as that which is recorded on the second page of the passport (except
for the signature) as well as a photo and a digital security feature
that proves that the passport was issued by the Government of Canada.
To combat fraud, once the personal information is stored on the chip,
it cannot be modified without invalidating the passport.
The new ePassport features iconic images that celebrate our history and
culture, such as: Robert Harris's painting of the Fathers of
Confederation; a depiction of the last spike completing the Canadian
Pacific Railway in 1885; and a picture of Pier 21 in Halifax - one of
the most significant ports of entry for newly-arrived immigrants
between 1928 and 1971, and now a National Historic Site.
At $160, a 10-year passport provides better value for money for
Canadians, as it costs less per year than the previous cost of a 5-year
passport. It also means that Canadians will not have to renew their
passports as frequently.
In addition, the new fee structure comes into effect today which will enable the government to
continue providing its citizens with one of the world's most secure and
internationally respected passports in a timely manner.
Also, effective today Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) assumes
primary responsibility for Passport Canada, which had previously been
part of the Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade. This
sensible move is in line with the duties CIC already performs, such as
admitting permanents residents, promoting the rights and
responsibilities of citizenship, and determining Canadian citizenship.
Canadians will not experience an interruption of services. They will be
able to continue accessing passport services through all of the same
service locations currently available in Canada through the existing
network of 144 Service Canada Centres, 56 Canada Post intake locations, and 34
passport offices across the country. Service Canada will assume responsibility for passport operations,
and, over time, services will expand to more Service Canada Centres and
Canadians will ultimately be able to apply for a passport online.
SOURCE: Citizenship and Immigration Canada
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