Canadians will be able to renew passports online starting this fall

The government announced the news alongside the unveiling of an updated passport design

Canadian passport

The Government of Canada will begin offering online passport renewal starting in the fall.

Immigration Minister Sean Fraser announced the news at a press conference unveiling a new design for the Canadian passport, which includes new security features like polycarbonate thermoplastic to laser-engrave the owner’s data.

In the fall, Canadians will be able to renew their passports digitally as well as pay fees and upload their photos to a secure government site. The traditional application process for new passports through Service Canada will remain the same.

While the government notes that the vast majority of applications are for new passports, it anticipates a rise in renewals over the next year as passports issued in 2013 begin to expire after 10 years.

The government adds that the digital option comes in response to the significant demand for passport renewal in the past year as travel ramped up amid the lift of COVID-19 restrictions. Many people had to wait in hours-long lines to get their passports renewed as the government dealt with a huge backlog, so the online option is intended to help manage the applications.

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Source: Government of Canada