Tuesday,  March 21, 2023  12:31 am

Increased passport fees generate $200 million surplus

Increased passport fees generate $200 million surplus

While Canadians paid more than $462 million in passport fees for 2014 following an increase in prices this year, it only cost $256.5 million to produce the necessary documents, according to newly released figures.

According to a report in The Canadian Press, the federal government said the recent fee increases were required for Passport Canada to maintain operations and cover the costs of new security-enhanced documents.

In 2014, a five-year passport increased to $120 from $87, while a new 10-year passport was introduced at $160.

A Passport Canada spokesperson quoted in the report stated there are no plans to decrease the fees despite the surplus, which will be used to cover future expenses as they arise.