Last Updated On 10 May 2023, 9:23 PM EDT (Toronto Time)
Today, Immigration Minister Sean Fraser and Minister of Families Karina Gould unveiled the new Canadian passport design 2023.
New Canadian passport has been completely redesigned and has cutting-edge security measures.
According to the Passport Index, the Canadian passport ranks fourth in the world, providing holders with visa-free or visa-on-arrival entry to nearly 170 countries (as of April 2023).
This passport makeover started in 2013 as a routine operation to combat counterfeiting by including new and more sophisticated security features and design methods.
Features of New Canadian Passport
Canadian passport will now have a new cover page with an outline of a maple leaf.
Internal passport pages will reflect diverse people of Canada, beautiful landscapes, and wildlife.
Furthermore, the new passport will have updated security features including the state of the art security feature which will have polycarbonate data page.
This is same technology that is currently being used to protect Canadian currency and driving licenses.
There will be an electronic chip in a transparent window on page one of the passport to better detect tampering attempts.
Additionally, passport holders personal information will now be laser engraved instead of being printed with ink.
A Kinegram above the primary photo, a personalised see-through window with a secondary image of the passport bearer, a changing laser image, and a temperature sensitive ink feature are among the other features.
When will new Canadian passport be available?
Canada will start producing the new redesigned Canadian passport later in summer of 2023 and will share details on rollout in upcoming months.
Until then, the current passport remains secure and dependable, thus Canadians holding valid passports will just need to renew them when their usual renewal period approaches.
Do Canadians need to reapply to get newly redesigned passport?
Those who recently renewed or got the Canadian passport will continue to use the older version of passport until the date of expiry.
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