Notice – New passport fees to take effect on July 1, 2013

The Passport and Other Travel Document Services Fees Regulations were approved by the Governor General in Council on November 29, 2012, and are now published in the Canada Gazette. The new fee structure will come into effect with the adoption of the 10-year ePassport on July 1, 2013.

Rather than being funded by taxpayers, Passport Canada is financed by passport applicants. As a cost-recovery organization, Passport Canada must generate enough revenues from fees charged for passports and other travel documents to pay for its expenditures.

Apart from a $2 increase to reflect rising shipping costs in 2005, Passport Canada’s fees have not changed since 2001. The new fee structure will allow Passport Canada to cover its costs and expenditures to be able to continue to provide excellent client service, facilitate travel for Canadians, maintain existing security standards, fight identity fraud, and keep pace with technological advancements and international standards so the Canadian passport remains a secure and trusted travel document.

View an overview of the new passport fees to come into effect on July 1, 2013.

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