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Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird has announced Canada’s new ePassport. This Passport looks to celebrate Canada’s rich history with images on each page. Mr. Baird said, “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.” Here’s what is included in the Passport Canada:

  • Pages 4-5; Aboriginal Peoples
  • Pages 6-7; Samuel de Champlain
  • Pages 8-9; The Fathers of Confederation
  • Pages 10-11; The Last Spike, 1885
  • Pages 12-13; The Canadian North
  • Pages 14-15; The Prairies
  • Pages 16-17; Immigration
  • Pages 18-19; The Centre Block of Parliament
  • Pages 20-21; Niagara Falls
  • Pages 22-23; The Canadian National Vimy Memorial, France
  • Pages 24-25; The City of Québec
  • Pages 26-27; Royal Canadian Mounted Police
  • Pages 28-29; Moments in Canadian sport
  • Pages 30-31 ;The Famous Five and Terry Fox
  • Pages 32-33; Canadians in War
  • Pages 34-35; Cape Spear and the Bluenose

All worthy things to be acknowledged, but how about Canada’s Contribution to technology? Canada has Research in Motion’s BlackBerry, SPAR Aerospaces Canadarm, The Electron Microscope by James Hiller and Arthur Prebus, and there are many others that could be included. Do you think Passport Canada should have included some of its more technological recognition?

Press Release

Harper Government Unveils New ePassport
New Look Celebrates Canadian History while Boosting Security

Gatineau, Québec, October 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 of our website, which features images and descriptions of the new passport design.

Stephen is a super awesome clairvoyant. He spends his free time wrestling unicorns, and surfing erupting volcano's. His interest in technology is largely due to his love of capturing lighting bolts.