The government of Canada will make the renewal of passports easier for Canadians
Sean Fraser, Canada's immigration minister, explained that "passport services need to be modernized and improved to meet the needs of Canadians."
The Canadian government will make it easier for citizens to renew their passports that expired more than a year ago. Passports that were lost, stolen, or damaged can also be renewed easily.
Despite the Federal government will process only those passports that expired within a year, soon, the simplified process will be applied to passports that have expired within the past 15 years.
To renew their passports, applicants will have to provide two photos, two references, and their completed forms and then pay the applicable fees. To apply for an adult passport, applicant must be a Canadian citizen and 16 years of age or older. For children under 16 years of age, you need to apply for a child’s passport.
Due to the easing of COVID-19 travel restrictions, the demand for passports, both new and renewed, is returning to pre-pandemic levels. The government of Canada recommends that Canadians apply early and not finalize any travel plans until they receive their new passport.
Canadians without imminent travel plans do not need to rush to renew an expired or soon-to-expire passport due to the simplified process.