All the unique features that make up a Canada passport
A Canada passport can open doors worldwide, especially if you enjoy travel opportunities outside the country.
Learn more about the unique features of Canada's passport and what to expect with yours.
Unique features of Canada's passport
The regular Canadian passport boasts a navy blue cover with a gold embossed seal. It contains 36 pages, 29 of which can hold visa stickers and stamps. Canadian passports feature the following general and internal features.
General features of Canadian passports
Canadian passports can be issued in a variety of ways. Some of these variations include the type of passport, e-passports, longer-validity passports, and children's passports.
There are five types of passports issued by Canada today. Each type has a different purpose and is characterized by a different jacket cover.
Canada's regular passport boasts a navy blue cover. Every day Canadian citizens use this passport, and you can somewhat personalize it with different lengths of validity.
Canada distributes a green passport to those who represent its government on official business, like Members of Parliament, public servants, and Canadian Forces posted abroad.
The diplomatic passport has a maroon cover. These passports are issued to Canadian diplomats and other high-ranking government officials.
Canada's temporary passport has a white cover. This passport is issued temporarily while a permanent passport is being processed. The temporary passport only has eight pages and a validity of up to one year.
The emergency travel document is a single-use document without a cover. Canadians can return to their home country if their existing passport is lost, stolen, or damaged.
Electronic passports with five- or ten-year validity
Any Canadian passport issued after July 1, 2013, is issued as an ePassport. Adults with these passports can choose a five-year or ten-year validity. This feature is available for first-time applicants and those renewing their passports.
Adult and children's passports
The regular passport comes in adult and child versions. Children's passports are issued for a maximum of five years before they must renew.
Internal features of Canada's passports
Inside the Canadian passport, there are several other features. You can find these features on pages two and three or on the personal information pages.
The citizen's picture is digitally printed and embedded into the passport page. The digital photo is also accessible on the electronic passport's electronic chip.
Digitally-printed personal information
The citizen's personal information is printed and embedded into the passport page on page two. Like the digital photo, this information is also on the ePassport's electronic chip, except for the holder's birthplace.
The Canadian passport has embossed holographic images on the thin laminate that secures the information page.
The passport utilizes unique, "optically variable ink" that changes colour in different lights.
Canada includes a greyscale copy of the holder's picture in the passport.
When looking through the passport page, the letters "CAN" can be seen.
The bottom two lines of the page are in the machine-readable zone. This area repeats the holder's personal information and other passport details in a special machine-readable format.