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Canada's passport backlog "virtually eliminated," minister says

CA, 25 Jan 2023
Families, Children and Social Development Minister Karina Gould spoke Tuesday about Canada's passport backlog, saying it had been "virtually eliminated" and processing times were back to pre-pandemic levels.

Canadians experienced months-long waiting periods and hours-long lines at Service Canada locations when COVID-19 restrictions eased last year, leading to a "huge influx" in demand for travel.

She said the number of applications that remain were there "for many possible reasons" and not every application results in a passport being issued. Gould stressed Canadians "can apply with confidence."

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