IRCC Minister Transition Binder 2021: Passport Program

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Passport Program Authorities

The Minister of IRCC is the decision-maker on passport issuance as well as passport refusal, cancellation and revocation on all grounds except for terrorism and national security.

The CPO and the DSPO are Orders in Council, flowing from the Royal Prerogative and provide more flexibility than an Act of Parliament.

Government of Canada Delivery Partners

There are multiple Government of Canada departments involved in the delivery of the Passport Program:

Immigration Refugees Citizenship Canada

Minister of Public Safety

Employment and Social Development Canada (ESDC)

Global Affairs Canada (GAC)

Types of Passports

Regular (Blue Passports)

Special Passports (Green Passports)

Diplomatic Passports (Red Passports)

Service Delivery Network

In Canada and Abroad – IRCC

In Canada – ESDC

Service Canada processes the majority of passports:

Abroad - GAC

Global Affairs Canada is responsible for the service delivery of passports abroad via 206 missions in 144 countries:

The extensive Domestic Network has enabled the Program to deliver a high level of service to Canadians:

For abroad:

Other Travel Documents

IRCC also issues travel documents for certain newcomers and in emergency situations.

Refugee travel documents

Certificates of identity

For Canadians abroad in emergency situations

IRCC is a leading voice in the global dialogue on interoperable and standard travel document formats, including specifying how data should be represented, both physically and digitally.

Passport Operations: Finances

Passport Demand Forecast

Passport Demand Planning Ranges – Total With Returning Delayed Applications (Scenario B)
Date Pre-COVID-19 Baseline Actuals Lower Range Upper Range
April 2021 211,287 58,837 N/A N/A
May 2021 217,286 63,290 N/A N/A
June 2021 219,798 N/A 92,825 92,825
July 2021 221,581 N/A 104,245 137,482
August 2021 203,038 N/A 105,295 135,751
September 2021 185,740 N/A 105,266 133,127
October 2021 198,742 N/A 122,202 152,014
November 2021 209,400 N/A 138,836 170,246
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Passport Operations: Modernization

The Passport Program is modernizing and moving away from a largely paper-based process. This will improve the Program’s ability to contribute to the digital economy, respond to future disruptions such as pandemics, and preserve the value of the Canadian passport for global mobility.

Actions to modernize the Passport Program include:

Modernization initiatives:

Passport Program Modernization Initiative (PPMI):

ePassport Next Generation Project (ePPT-NG):

Passport Digital Services (PDS):

Passport Modernization Abroad Project (PMAP):

Key Takeaways

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