This article was originally published on May 25, 2022, and was updated on June 17, 2022, and August 25, 2022, to reflect new information.
August 25, 2022 Update: The government of Canada added 12 new electronic entry gates (eGates) to the Toronto Pearson International airport and 30 new primary inspection kiosks (PIKs) in an effort to reduce airport delays and entry wait times.
Original Post From May 25, 2022
- New measures were introduced to reduce processing delays in the issuance of new or renewed passports for Canadian citizens traveling abroad
The government of Canada is experiencing an increase in demand for new or renewed passports, resulting in longer processing times for Canadian citizens. In response to these delays, the government has prioritized the processing of travelers with urgent needs and introduced several steps to reduce the delays. These steps include:
- Reopening all passport service counters across Canada and increasing service capacity by 40 percent by hiring more employees
- Expanded capacity in waiting rooms to accommodate increased volume
- Introducing measures to simplify and expedite passport processing. These measures include a simplified process for renewing expired passports issued in the last 15 years and simplifying procedures for obtaining new passports if the previous one was lost, stolen, or damaged. Applicants also do not need to have a guarantor or provide their original documents (such as proof of citizenship or photo identification) and instead only need to provide two photos, two references, their completed form, and pay the application fees
- Expanding operating hours of passport offices and call centers
- Launching Service Canada to provide a 24-hour online tool for booking appointments
The government estimates that most individuals will receive their new or renewed passports within ten business days.
What are the Changes?
The government of Canada has introduced several measures that aim to reduce processing delays for issuances of new or renewed passports. These measures include introducing new staff to passport offices throughout the country and offering simplified procedures for making appointments and submitting documents. Canadian citizens should ensure that they hold valid passports before traveling outside Canada.
Continue to check the government of Canada’s website for the latest updates and information.
Written by: Jessie Butchley, Global Immigration Writer, Envoy Global
Source: Employment and Social Development Canada