Passport fee hikes coming in new year

OTTAWA – The cost of getting a Canadian passport is going up significantly in the new year.

Without the fee increases, Passport Canada says it would not be able to maintain current operations, let alone offer security-enhanced travel documents.

New regulations posted this week confirm the cost of a five-year passport will increase to $120 from $87.

And starting in July 2013, a 10-year passport will also be offered at a cost of $160.

By March 2014, Passport Canada will also charge an additional $45 to replace a passport that’s lost or stolen, something that is currently free.

The agency says it’s currently losing nearly $5 every time it issues a passport, and has been financing its deficit by using previously accumulated surpluses that will run out next year.




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Passport fee hikes coming in new year

  1. This is a bit insane. The entire concept of charging money for a passport.. proof of ID internationally. Our poor are apparently non-people. There are certain things that we should simply fund as a society, for everybody in our society. This is one of them, because freedom to travel is rather at the base of a whole host of assumptions about our society and economic systems work.

    The ability to “vote with your feet” is the final defence before violence to protest a situation you don’t like. It behooves us to make sure that everybody has that ability as much as possible.

  2. Absolutely agree with THWIM — I guess poor people are not allowed to travel outside of Canada?! there should not be a fee for having a passport because it necessarily discriminates against poor people who cannot afford the fees associated with it.

    Clearly it shows the problems where all poiticians earn substantial salaries and never even consider the ramifications of their decisions for poor people — apparently poor people just don’t count!

    • You do know that the passport is good for 10 years so that is $16.00 per year….hardly a prohibitive cost when you consider what it costs to travel outside the country. I might ask you how would a “poor” person afford to travel outside of Canada if they cannot afford the cost of a passport? Even owning a vehicle and buying gas would seem to be prohibitive if one cannot afford $160.00 every 10 years for a passport. Further, before we fund the cost of free passports for ALL Canadians, both rich and poor wouldn’t that money be better spent on a national prescription program or ensuring that poor Canadians had subsidized or free transit and that poor working Canadians had prescription plans? That way poor Canadians could save money and perhaps actually afford to travel outside the country.

      • (1), a person has to pay the entire fee up front – ergo its expensive (you aren’t charged an annual $16 fee)
        (2) Crossing the border could be in a bus or driven by a friend! Not everyone with a passport flies or drives their own car!

        Wow! Aren’t you the “brilliant god” of typical conservative “noblesse oblige” who knows what is best for the poor! According to your perverse logic of “all or nothing”, we can’t possibly provide inexpensive passports unless we want to give up all other social services! And you seem to think every single Canadian is going to clamour to have a passport….hardly likely. Typical snotty rich person mentality of knowing what is best for the poor without ever looking at the underlying causes of poverty or what is, or is not, reasonable! I don’t think a passport should be so costly that it prevents any Canadian from being entitled to travel outside of the country, period.
        Potraying it as a “black and white” HUGE financial burder on the rest of the country is ridiculous pigheadedness typical of your ilk.

        • Oh spare me your self-righteous tirade. I am a psychiatric nurse, hardly a “snotty rich person” and I work with poor people who because they suffer from mental illness and cannot work, depend on a disability income. They are not travelling outside their own city, let alone outside the country. Every cent they make is spent on food, shelter and transportation. A “free” passport program would not benefit them. It would benefit people who like to go over the border to shop. It would benefit people who are international travelers. You don’t have take my word for it…me and my “snotty rich person mentality”….give each poor person $160.00 and see how many of them use the money to get a passport.

          • Once again you are showing your narrow interpretation of the issue at hand. Clearly the idea is to make passports accessible to all Canadian citizens who request one.
            It is not demanding Canada spend millions to ensure each and every Canadian has one. Lady, do you think you’re teaching me something about poverty Ii don’t already know? Hardly. There are mentally and physically disabled people all living below the poverty line. There are seniors and disabled on waiting lists for residential and medical services. Need I go on? But those issues are not directly linked to the issue at hand. That is, ensuring all Canadians have certain rights – include access to a passport for the right to be able to travel outside of Canada. It should be regarded as a right — ergo, if a citizen needs a passport to exit Canada, they should be able to obtain one. It should not be a privilege only afforded to those who have the finances to acquire a passport.

            More should and needs to be done for the poor and vulnerable in
            Canada. But continuing to treat poor as second class citizens isn’t acceptable. And restricting their rights isn’t excuseable.

          • Oh spare me your self-righteous tirade.

            You do realize that someone being poor doesn’t necessarily mean they’re mentally ill, right? I mean, I know you have a real difficult time understanding that the world is larger than the tiny little box you live in, but even you should be able to understand this one.

            And, once again, nobody’s saying we hand these out to absolutely everybody whether they want one or not. All that’s being said is that if a Canadian citizen has a need for a pass-port, they should be able to get one, regardless of their financial situation.

            Or perhaps you just think that poor people shouldn’t be allowed to move about freely. After all, they’re all sick in the head, according to you, right?

      • There’s this thing at the end of your arm called a thumb. Some people use it for more than to sit and spin on.

        As for what’s better to spend the money on, didn’t you just say it was cheap? So make up your mind.. either it’s cheap, so doesn’t matter, or it’s not cheap, so it does.

        Besides, who said that having one thing precludes all the others?

  3. The first thing that Passport Canada needs to address is that passport holders should be able to expect the full 5-years eligibility when renewing a passport. In my case the existing passport was due to expire on Jan.16, 2012 so I applied for renewal at the end of September 2011. My new passport arrived dated 13 Oct. 2011 with an expiry date of 13 Oct. 2016. meaning that I only received 4 years 9 months value from my “5-year” passport.
    Many countries require that a passport has a minimum of 6-months eligibilty before they will let the holder into the country so in these cases passports must be renewed early to meet this requirement resulting in more than 6 months loss of value. A phone call to Passport Canada to discuss this matter was greeted with a “Tough luck” attitude.
    It should be noted that when I renewed my Uk – European passport it was renewed from the date of expiration of the existing passport ensuring a full 10 years eligibility of the renewed passport.

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