Passport Canada has indicated that fees for obtaining passports will be rising significantly in the New Year. As of July 2013, the cost of obtaining a passport valid for 5 years will increase from $87 to $120 for adults, and from $20 to $57 for minors. Fees for passports processed outside of Canada will also increase significantly to $190 for adults and to $100 for minors. A new 10 year passport will also be offered at a cost of $160.
Passport Canada acknowledges that the increased fees may be a burden for low-income persons, but has not indicated that any reduced fee structures will be provided.
The Agency has stated that fees are increasing in part to help cover the costs of a soon to be introduced ePassport, which will include a chip containing all of the information on the bio page of passports, and will be used by border authorities to confirm the validity of the passport.