Published On: April 6th, 2022 / Last Updated: April 1st, 2022 / 1.8 min read /

Canada simplifies renewal process for passports as of March 31 2022

On March 31, 2022, the Honourable Sean Fraser, Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship, and the Honourable Karina Gould, Minister of Families, Children and Social Development, announced the expansion of the simplified renewal application process for Canadian passports.

Beginning March 31, 2022, Canadians in Canada and abroad can now use the simplified process to renew an expired passport as long as it was issued within the last 15 years. The simplified process is also available to individuals who had their passport lost, stolen or damaged.

Previously, the simplified renewal process wasn’t available for passports that expired longer than a year or those that were lost, stolen or damaged.

“As international travel resumes, we need to continue to modernize and improve our passport services to make sure we meet the needs of Canadians. Simplifying the renewal process will make it easier and faster for Canadians to get their passport, and is another step toward greater modernization while prioritizing the health and safety of Canadians and our employees.”

– The Honourable Sean Fraser, Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship

“Balancing health and safety guidelines with Canadians’ ongoing needs for services has been at the forefront of our efforts since the beginning of the pandemic. As restrictions ease, we will continue working to improve service delivery in order to be more modern and efficient, and ultimately to provide the best experience possible for all Canadians.”

– The Honourable Karina Gould, Minister of Families, Children and Social Development

With the simplified renewal process, applicants don’t need to have a guarantor or to provide their original documents, such as proof of citizenship or photo identification. They simply need 2 photos, 2 references, their completed form and the applicable fees. These changes make renewing a passport easier, while maintaining the highest level of program integrity.

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