Canadians will be able to apply to renew their passports online beginning this fall, says Immigration Minister Sean Fraser.
Fraser made the announcement today as he and Families Minister Karina Gould unveiled a new design for the Canadian passport.
The new passport boasts many state-of-the-art technology and security features to prevent counterfeiting and is a major shift from the current passport in terms of aesthetics.
The passport covers will feature an updated version bearing a large maple leaf; on the rear, colour has been added in the form of eight red maple leaves.
Inside, the document is replacing the current historic images with images of wildlife and more Indigenous imagery.
The officials also confirmed that the Canadian passport will mention the new monarch, King Charles III—first passport in the world to do so—but it will still maintain the Canadian coat of arms using the Canadian crown under the late Queen Elizabeth.
The advanced security features include temperature sensitive ink, and images of wildlife that appear and disappear under UV light.
Anti-tampering features have also been introduced in the passport, which includes a passport chip being placed in a clear plastic page so the holders can tell if it has been tampered with.
“This passport redesign began in 2013 as a regular process to prevent counterfeiting by integrating new and more modern security features and design techniques,” IRCC said in a press release Tuesday.
The new passports will start rolling out starting this July.
'Progressive agenda on steroids': New passport receives mixed reaction from Canadians
Canada's new passport has been redesigned to erase any trace of the country's history, and now features generic images of birds, trees, etc. Disgusting woke progressive agenda on steroids. 🤢 https://t.co/5Y5BNliqAZ
— Rupa Subramanya (@rupasubramanya) May 10, 2023
How’d you guys redesign the passport but fail to actually issue new passports in a timely manner -
— saudagar singh (@MikeGillYYC) May 10, 2023
Absolutely love this one
— Sameer Javed (@sameer_javed17) May 10, 2023
The Vimy Memorial, Samuel de Champlain, and Terry Fox have been replaced by geese and children swimming? How desperately sad and unimaginative for a proud country. https://t.co/TCbspwVxE4
— Ray Novak (@rnovak77) May 10, 2023
Haha! I think the new design is beautiful. People can sure work themselves into a lather over things that don’t matter while ignoring things that do.
— @JenGallays (@dragonfly_jenny) May 10, 2023
It seems to be the trend to eradicate history, be inclusive only of the current times, old books are bad, everyone has to be treated equally but we have to do it by catering and recognising separate special interest groups. Confusing and sad times.
— Dr Robert Ing 🇨🇦🇬🇧🌑 (@Dr_RobertIng) May 10, 2023