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Travel Quote – Happiness is to be found along the way…



“Happiness is to be found along the way,

not at the end of the road,

for then the journey is over

and it is too late.


this hour,

this minute is the day,

the hour,

the minute for each of us to sense the fact that life is good,

with all of its trials and troubles,

and perhaps more interesting because of them.”

– Robert R. Updegraff

Canadians get a New Type of Passport for Canada Day


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O-Canada ! Here is just a friendly reminder that the new 10-year enhanced ePassport goes into effect for all #Canadians on July 1, 2013. If you renew before the 1st you will save some money but will be caught up in the transition as we move over to the new biometric passports. You will now get to have a choice when applying for the first time or renewing your passport, and you can choose either the standard 5-year or enhanced 10-year biometric passport. Keep note that all childrens’ ePassports will only be issued for a maximum of 5 years (there is no 10 year option as children change too much during this time).

New fees effective July 1, 2013 (in Canadian dollars)
Travel document or service New fee
Passports: Applications made in Canada and passport delivered in Canada
10-year passport $160* footnote
5-year passport (or less) $120* footnote
Children’s passport $57
Passports: Applications made outside of Canada and/or passport delivered outside Canada
10-year passport $260* footnote
5-year passport (or less) $190* footnote
Children’s passport $100
Expedited services in Canada (in addition to the passport fee)
1-day service (urgent) $110
Express service (2-9 days) $50
Pick-up (day 10) $20
Same day, out of regular hours of service $335
Expedited services outside of Canada** footnote
Emergency travel document (one trip) $75* footnote
Children’s emergency travel document (one trip) $30
Temporary passport (linked to regular passport application) $110
Travel documents for non-Canadians
Certificate of identity $260* footnote
Children’s certificate of identity $141
Refugee travel document $120* footnote
Children’s refugee travel document $57
Addition of a special stamp or observation (at applicant’s request) $45

A consular fee of C$25 is included in the price of all adult travel documents. Passport Canada has no authority over the use or amount of this fee.

These travel documents are issued only at the discretion of the Canadian Government office abroad

For more information and fee structure details, please visit the Passport Canada website below:


By strengthening identity checks, ePassports will help reduce the risk of other countries imposing visa requirements on travellers. (Needing a visa can add up to $150 per trip, depending on the country and our agreements with them.) This will be a slow transition but the hope that this will be a step in the right direction to allow better transitions especially when you are traveling through multiple countries.

Canada’s new ePassport will be full of newly chosen iconic images that will make Canadian passports more attractive and more secure. These images showcase Canada’s history and the building of our great nation and will include images from the Fathers of Confederation to the Famous Five and Terry Fox . #proudtobeCanadian


Considered to be the gold standard of all travel documents, ePassports contain an electronic chip that enhances the passport’s current security features. In compliance with the recommended practices of the International Civil Aviation Organization, over 100 countries, including the United States, France and the United Kingdom, are already issuing ePassports. This organization, which is a specialized agency of the United Nations, was created in 1947. ICAO has 190 member states, including Canada. Headquartered in Montreal, Canada, it is the authority on enhancing civil aviation security around the world.

If you would like to learn more about ICAO and passports, please visit ICAO’s website.

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“Canadian ePassports arrive July 1 on CBC”

Travel safe, think smart and be safe this holiday long weekend – Happy Canada Day to my fellow Canadians!