Service Canada shares summer passport application options

Service Canada is reminding Canadian travellers of their current passport application options.

Canadians who do not have immediate travel plans can take advantage of 20-business-day passport service, available for applications submitted in person at most Service Canada Centres and scheduled outreach sites, and by mail. Wait times can be shorter at these offices than at passport offices. This 20-business-day processing time does not include mailing time.

For those who need a passport sooner, 39 Service Canada centres and all passport offices across the country offer 10-business-day service. This service does not include mailing time. At most of these sites, clients have the option to pick up their passport once it’s ready.

If a passport is needed in less than 10 business days, Canadians must visit an office that offers urgent or express pick-up services. For more information, visit the Get urgent, express or emergency weekend passport services webpage.

This year, Service Canada will experience a significant number of applications for renewing 10-year validity passports, which were first issued in July 2013.

Passport demand is rising

Service Canada issued approximately 33 per cent more passports in fiscal year 2023-2024 than the previous year and exceeded the performance target by processing 92 per cent of passport applications within service standards.

Service Canada is committed to once again exceeding the performance target of 90 per cent for 2024-2025. For 2024–25, Service Canada expects to receive between 5.19 million and 5.74 million passport applications.

Clients can book appointments for passport services at their nearest Service Canada locations on eServiceCanada. Appointment availability may vary, and all passport application form(s) must be completed prior to the appointment.