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The federal government has released a first look at Canada's new passport, featuring a new cover, new artwork and "state-of-the-art security features," including a thick driver's-license-like page with laser-engraved personal information.

It's also the first travel document among Commonwealth countries to include a mention of King Charles III, the government says.

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Canada is known for its stunning landscapes and gorgeous landmarks, but our geography isn't the only thing that's being recognized for its beauty. In a recent ranking published by Condé Nast Traveller, the Canadian passport was named one of the most beautiful in the world.

"Passports are powerful documents, no doubt. But look beyond their utility, and you will find tiny, beautiful secrets you never knew existed. Designers across countries have taken passports from boring old legal documents to innovative, exciting pieces of art that represent the best of a destination," the travel magazine wrote.

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Canadians can now check the status of their passport applications in just a few clicks — no need for lengthy phone calls or headache-inducing hold music. The federal government has introduced an online tracker so you can plan your next trip without having to worry whether your document will arrive in time.

"[It's an] easy-to-use tool that allows Canadians to check the status of their passport applications online, 24 hours a day," Minister of Families, Children and Social Development Karina Gould said in a statement.

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For the third year in a row, the Henley Passport Index ranked the Canadian passport as the eighth-best passport to have across the world, with visa-free or visa-on-arrival access to 185 travel destinations out of 227.

This index from migration consultancy firm Henley & Partners relies on data from the International Air Transport Association (IATA).

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All passports are not created equal. Some grant access to a multitude of countries with no visa required, while others come with seemingly endless restrictions and complications.

One Tiktoker backpacking through Eastern Europe, Central Europe and the Balkans is detailing the headaches he encountered while using his passport, which ranks fourth 'worst' in the world. Each incident had repercussions that the average person using a Canadian passport wouldn't have to consider.

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A new ranking of the most powerful passports across the world has put the Canadian passport in the global top 10.

Passport Index released its 2022 Global Passport Power Rank, and Canada landed in the fifth spot along with Singapore, Malta, Lithuania and Slovakia — who all secured an overall mobility score of 170.

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The Government of Canada has opened five new Passport Canada offices across the country — with a pick-up location now in service in Pointe-Claire.

With the feds finally making progress with the passport backlogwait times should hopefully ease up with the newest measures in place.

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A ranking of the best passports to have across the world put the Canadian passport in the global top ten.

The Henley Passport Index, from migration consultancy firm Henley & Partners, is based on exclusive data from the International Air Transport Association (IATA).

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The Government of Canada is finally starting to make positive strides in reducing the passport backlog. Minister of Families, Children and Social Development, Karina Gould released a statement on July 15, 2022, notifying Canadians that the feds are "starting to put a dent in the [passport] backlog."

"Canadians deserve access to timely, efficient, and transparent passport delivery services. We're continuing to tackle big challenges in the passport program, and as the summer progresses, thanks to the hard work of Service Canada staff, we continue to see improvements in service delivery," Minister Gould said.

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New measures from the federal government could improve wait times for people looking to get a passport in Canada. High demand for several months has resulted in processing backlogs that have seen Quebecers waiting for days and, in some cases, camping outside of Service Canada offices to get new travel documents in time for planned trips.

Federal Minister Karina Gould issued a statement on July 7 calling ongoing passport delays "unacceptable." She said Service Canada has made specialized passport sites "more responsive and efficient" to help Canadians who have urgent passport needs and is planning to expand that strategy to add additional passport offices in the coming weeks.

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As part of Léger's 25th edition of its annual Reputation study, Montreal Trudeau International took the third spot when it came to the list of most reputable airports in Canada in 2022, according to Canadians.

While it's no secret that airports across Canada are seeing a surge of travellers and meteoric wait times, so much that Canada has stopped random COVID-19 testing in airports to speed things up, Montreal appears to be doing something right.

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Montreal police were called to a downtown passport office on Tuesday morning to keep the peace among the mass of passport seekers outside. Around 8:20 a.m. officers were alerted to a high volume of people at the Complexe Guy-Favreau.

"Building security called police because some people got agitated. Police presence was for prevention purposes only," SPVM spokesperson Raphael Bergeron told MTL Blog.

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