By Aaron Wherry - Tuesday, April 16, 2013 - 0 Comments
The Canada Revenue Agency is reducing spending and staffing within two of its compliance programs. Passport Canada projects that a quarter of its staff will be cut. Elections Canada is putting off a pilot project on online voting. And seven Department of Fisheries libraries are scheduled to close.
See previously: The quiet cuts
By The Canadian Press - Wednesday, April 10, 2013 at 8:21 PM - 0 Comments
OTTAWA – The agency that issues passports to Canadians is projecting a quarter of…
OTTAWA – The agency that issues passports to Canadians is projecting a quarter of its workforce could be cut as it rolls out new chip-embedded, 10-year travel documents.
Passport Canada expects to have the equivalent of 2,512 full-time staff this year, says a Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade report.
But that number drops to 1,874 by fiscal 2015-16 in the plans and priorities report.
The agency says it expects fewer people to apply for the new, more secure travel documents by then.
“Passport Canada constantly adjusts staffing levels to respond to passport demand,” the agency says in an email to The Canadian Press.
By The Canadian Press - Thursday, December 20, 2012 at 1:06 PM - 0 Comments
OTTAWA – The cost of getting a Canadian passport is going up significantly in…
OTTAWA – The cost of getting a Canadian passport is going up significantly in the new year.
Without the fee increases, Passport Canada says it would not be able to maintain current operations, let alone offer security-enhanced travel documents.
New regulations posted this week confirm the cost of a five-year passport will increase to $120 from $87.
And starting in July 2013, a 10-year passport will also be offered at a cost of $160. Continue…