Canada has introduced a new passport with advanced security features and fresh artwork, solidifying its reputation as a highly regarded travel document.
Laser engraving replaces ink printing for personal information on the polycarbonate data page – which also incorporates an electronic chip within a transparent window – enhancing durability and deterring tampering and counterfeiting. Additional security elements include a Kinegram overlay, a custom see-through window with a secondary image, a variable laser image, and temperature-sensitive ink.
Canada is also among the first in the Commonwealth to introduce a travel document series acknowledging King Charles III, displaying the Coat of Arms on the cover. The redesigned passport showcases Canada’s natural beauty across all seasons, featuring an outline of a maple leaf on the cover as well, marking the first significant change in decades.
“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,” stated Sean Fraser, Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship, at the unveiling the new passport.
The rollout begins in summer, with existing passports remaining valid until renewal dates near. Starting in autumn, the government aims to provide more online services, allowing Canadians to conveniently renew passports, pay fees, and upload photographs securely. Furthermore, the recently launched online Passport Application Status Checker enables Canadians to track their passport application progress.
“The Canadian passport is a fundamental document of citizenship, recognized around the world. The Government is committed to ensuring passport services are quick, efficient and modern. We are working hard to give Canadians a seamless experience, from the moment they apply until the moment the passport arrives in their hands,” added Karina Gould, Minister of Families, Children and Social Development.
Currently ranked fourth globally on the Passport Index, the Canadian passport grants visa-free or visa-on-arrival access to over 170 countries. Want to know how the Canadian Passport compares? Click here.