Passport Canada is an independent operating agency of the
Government of Canadaand Foreign Affairs Canada. It operates under the auspices of the Canadian Passport Order, which defines the agency. Prior to March 2005, it was known as the Passport Office. The office is responsible for issuing, revoking, withholding, and recovering Canadian passports. Due to the agency's status as a Special Operating Agency, Passport Canada is financed through the fees collected for issuing passports and other travel documents. They do not receive funding from the federal government.
Canadian Passport Order
The "Canadian Passport Order" was created in 1981 and amended several times. It is an
Order in Councilmade by the Governor in Council(the Governor General of Canadaacting on the advice of Cabinet).
The Canadian Passport Order is made under the authority of the
Royal Prerogative, the residual authority exercised exclusively by the Crown. The Order establishes who is eligible for a Canadian passport, as well as the procedure and application process for obtaining one. The Order also establishes Passport Canada. Prior to the making of the Canadian Passport Order, residents of Canada could obtain a passport by completing an application and sending it in by mail to the Department of External Affairs, without having to prove their Canadian citizenship.
Under the Canadian Passport Order, Passport Canada can revoke or refuse to issue a passport on grounds specified in the Order. A passport may not be refused or revoked on grounds not specified in the Order (see Issuance and Refusal).
Auditor General's Report
April 2005, the Auditor General of Canada Sheila Frasergave a scathing report on Passport Canada, claiming that employees of the agency lack proper security clearance. Prior to the Auditor General's report, Passport Canada had signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Corrections Canadato obtain a full list of inmates' names, as they are ineligible for a passport.
Canadian nationality law
Canadian Security Intelligence Service
Canada Border Services Agency
* [http://www.passport.gc.ca Official site]
* [http://www.ppt.gc.ca/passport_office/history_e.asp History of Canadian Passports]
* [http://www.cbc.ca/story/canada/national/2005/04/05/passports050405.html U.S. will demand passports from Canadians]
* [http://dan.matan.ca/Get-Canada-Canadian-Passport-Fast-With-Online-Application-Form How to speed up the Canadian Passport application process]
* [http://laws.justice.gc.ca/en/otherreg/SI-81-86/ Full text of the order]
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