Canada unveils new passport 


Passport cover

A new Canadian passport, redesigned from cover to cover with state-of-the-art security features and new artwork, was unveiled last week in Ottawa by Immigration Minister Sean Fraser and Karina Gould, Minister of Families, Children and Social Development.

A news release from Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada says the new passport includes features designed to keep Canadians’ identity safe such as a polycarbonate data page -technology similar to Canada’s driver’s license.

It also notes that passport holders’ personal information will now be laser engraved instead of being printed with ink, making the data page more durable and resistant to tampering and counterfeiting.

“Other features include a Kinegram over the main photo, a custom see-through window with a secondary image of the passport holder, a variable laser image, and a temperature sensitive ink feature,” it says.

“The new Canadian passport is more than a travel document. It is a representation of our national identity and values. It is a reminder of the beauty and diversity of Canada, and it reflects the country’s commitment to welcoming people from all around the world,” said Immigration Minister Fraser.

Social Development Minister Gould, who oversees Service Canada, which handles passport applications, said some of the new images in the new passport such as polar bears, people

New Canadian Passport

jumping in a lake, and birds in winter capture the “spirit of who we are as Canadians.”

She said the cost of a passport application will remain the same.

The new passport will start rolling out this summer.

More details regarding the roll-out will be provided at a later date.

Starting later this fall, Canadians will be able to renew their passport online.