GATINEAU, QUÉBEC--(Marketwire - Oct. 26, 2012) - Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird today announced that Canada's new ePassport will be full of iconic images that will make Canadian passports more attractive and more secure.
"The new ePassport will be more reflective and representative of who we are as Canadians," said Baird during an event at the newly renamed Canadian Museum of History. "These images showcase Canada's history and the building of our great nation while adding essential new security features for the 21st Century."
The new images will also serve to keep the Canadian passport one of the world's most secure travel documents. The complexity of the images is - first and foremost - a security feature that makes the passport more difficult to counterfeit.
"Our government is tremendously proud of Canada's rich history. We urge all Canadians to learn more about the events and people that shaped Canada and the great sacrifices made to secure our freedom," added Baird.
Countries around the world review their passport designs and security features periodically to stay steps ahead of counterfeiters. The new-look ePassport will help facilitate legitimate trade and safe, secure travel which, in turn, helps create jobs, growth and long-term prosperity for Canadians.
The first 5-year ePassports will be issued in select locations during the first quarter of 2013. Production will ramp up through the spring resulting in the full availability of both a 5- and 10- year ePassport in early summer.
For a look at the images included in the new ePassport, please visit the new section on Passport Canada's website, which features images and descriptions of the new passport design: www.pptc.gc.ca/eppt/photos.aspx?lang=eng.