GlobalNews.ca – Federal government announces 4 new passport service sites as backlog continues

Marie-Danielle Smith  The Canadian Press – Posted August 17, 2022 The federal government is adding new passport service locations across Canada as a backlog in processing applications continues. Social Development Minister Karina Gould announced Wednesday that people can now apply for and pick up passports at Service Canada centres in Red Deer, Alta., Sault Ste.... ...

CTVNews.ca – Minister asks Canadians not to fake travel plans to skip passport application lines

Spencer Van Dyk – CTV News parliamentary bureau writer, producer – Aug 15, 2022 Minister of Families, Children and Social Development Karina Gould is discouraging people from making fake travel plans just to skip the line of those waiting for passports. Gould said she’s heard anecdotally that some people may be booking imminent travel in... ...

Canada.ca – Minister Gould announces opening of new passport pickup locations

Statement July 25, 2022 Gatineau, Québec “Service Canada staff are working hard to provide passports to Canadians as quickly as possible. At the same time, staff are doing everything they can to give Canadians a better service experience as they go through the passport process.“To help improve that service experience, today we have expanded passport pick-up... ...

Toronto Star – What this year’s ‘exceptional circumstances’ mean for 300,000 Canadians who got their passports late

By Nicholas Keung Immigration Reporter  Fri., July 15, 2022 Ottawa has failed to issue passports within the required timeline to almost 300,000 Canadians in the first year of a new fee-remission policy brought in by immigration officials to ensure service standards are met. According to the Service Fees Act, when an individual pays for a government... ...

Canada.ca – Evaluation of the Passport Program document

Purpose scope and focus of the evaluation The evaluation of the Passport Program was conducted in fulfilment of requirements of the Treasury Board 2016 Policy on Results, as well as commitments in various Treasury Board Submissions. Led by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC), the evaluation was conducted in collaboration with Employment and Social Development... ...

National Post – Review warned of passport office crisis even before pandemic

Christopher Nardi  Publishing date:  Jul 15, 2022 The 2020 report said the ‘single greatest improvement’ to the passport program would be an online portal to submit applications. That has not been created OTTAWA – An internal evaluation of Canada’s passport service was warning even before the pandemic that processes were using the “least efficient” delivery... ...

MTLBlog – New Canadian Passport Measures Are Coming & The Backlog Could ‘Drop Significantly’​

Sofia Misenheimer  MTL Blog, Staff Writer  July 12, 2022 New measures from the federal government could improve wait times for people looking to get a passport in Canada. High demand for several months has resulted in processing backlogs that have seen Quebecers waiting for days and, in some cases, camping outside of Service Canada offices to get new... ...

Dailyhive.com – Canadians will be charged to visit Europe starting in 2023

Article author: Isabelle Docto  Jun 27 2022, 5:38 pm Canadians who want a romantic getaway to Paris will need to pay a fee starting next year. The European Union (EU) announced the launch date for its new visa waiver system called the European Travel Information Authorization System (ETIAS) last week. It was created to track visitors from the 63 countries... ...

Ukraine immigration measures – Financial assistance to newcomers

Ukraine immigration measures: Financial assistance The federal government is offering financial assistance to help newly arrived Ukrainian families who are in Canada under the Canada-Ukraine authorization for emergency travel (CUAET). The assistance is a one-time, non-taxable benefit. It’s to take care of your basic needs while you get settled in Canada. Apply online   Who... ...

Globalnews.ca – Passport bottlenecks spilling over to EI, CPP applicants

By Simon Little & John Hua  Global News  Posted May 25, 2022 Backlogs and bottlenecks in passport processing through Service Canada appear to be causing problems for clients seeking other core services through the facilities, such as death benefits or employment insurance. Lower Mainland resident Kim Boechler told Global News she waited more than 13 hours cumulatively over... ...

CTVnews.ca – Canadians forced to cancel, reschedule travel as passport delays continue

Brooklyn Neustaeter  CTVNews.ca Writer   Published May 13, 2022 1:52 p.m. EDT Many Canadians are reporting lengthy delays and wait times at passport offices as the federal government works to process almost a million more applications over the past year. After issuing only 363,000 passports between April 1, 2020, and March 31, 2021, Employment and Social Development... ...

CTVNews.ca – Tell us about your passport application story

CTVNews.ca  Staff / Published May 5, 202 As eager Canadians look to travel following two years of pandemic restrictions, long wait times for renewed passports may be hampering some vacation plans. Many Canadians are reporting lengthy delays at passport offices as the federal government works to process thousands more applications over the past year. A resurging... ...

CTVnews.ca – Passport applications still backlogged despite hundreds of new workers hired

Dave Charbonneau CTV News Ottawa May 3, 2022 When the federal government loosened COVID-19 restrictions for international travel, Canadians rushed to the passport office, causing massive backlogs. Months later, those backlogs are still happening. Tesh Naidoo owns Sooter’s Photography, right beside the passport office. “It’s been pretty busy,” says Naidoo. “There’s a lot of work... ...

Narcity.com – Canadians Can Identify As Gender ‘X’ On Their Passport But It May Still Cause Issues Abroad

Helena Hanson The feds warn that not all countries accept the neutral gender identifier. Since 2019, Canadians have been able to identify as gender “X” on their passports. However, the feds continue to warn that doing so could make travelling overseas more complicated. Several years ago, the federal government made it possible for individuals who do not... ...

CTV News – Sharp rise in passport applications fuelling longer wait times: Service Canada

Michael Lee – Published April 21, 2022  A resurging interest in travel has seen the number of Canadian passports issued over the past year more than triple, in some cases resulting in longer wait times, the latest figures from the federal government show. In a statement, a spokesperson for Employment and Social Development Canada, which oversees... ...

insauga.com – Massive passport lineup wraps around the entire mall in Mississauga

By Declan Finucane | Published April 5, 2022 The huge lineups at the Mississauga Service Canada Centre (Passports) location at Central Parkway Mall, on Burnhamthorpe Rd. E., wrap around the entire mall and come after the Canadian government lifted COVID-19 air travel restrictions on April 1. If you know anything about Central Parkway Mall the photo... ...

CTV News – Canadians experience lengthy wait times for passports due to surge in demand

Ben Cousins CTVNews.ca Writer Published Wednesday, March 23, 2022 Canadians anxious for international travel are facing some lengthy wait times for passports due to a surge in applications. According to Employment and Social Development Canada, processing time for a passport is five business days for those applying in person and 17 business days for those... ...
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