The Canadian passport is not only a powerful and respected travel document, but also a symbol of connection, exploration, and belonging.
For many, it represents the opportunity to reconnect with loved ones, embark on new adventures, and discover the world. For others it marks the final step in their immigration journey as they become a Canadian citizen.
On Wednesday, Canada's new passport was unveiled and has been redesigned from cover to cover with state-of-the-art security features and new artwork, maintaining its status as one of the most secure and universally accepted travel documents in the world for all Canadians.
Canada's newly redesigned passport includes improved security features and a new cover and designs on its inner pages, which highlight Canada's natural environment over four seasons, as well as its multicultural identity. The new imagery features polar bears, people jumping in a lake, and birds in winter, among other scenes.
However, as you could imagine, the new passport is receiving mixed reviews from Canadians, with members of the public, organizations, and officials taking to social media to share their opinions. While many are pleased with the look of the new design, others are upset that certain historical images are noticeably absent from the new design, including Terry Fox.
Terry Fox was a Canadian hero/legend replaced by a rainbow and some snowflakes on the Canadian passport.— Christy 💕🇨🇦🇺🇸 (@Christy4Change) May 11, 2023
“Our country needs more Terry Fox, not less.”
I am embarrassed for Canada. https://t.co/W0MlIBTBkw
Terry Fox is a national treasurer and an inspiration. Why would they do this? Who does it appeal to? I don’t get it.— Michael Dawson (@mwjdaws) May 11, 2023
Canada’s new passport looks like a grade 3 colouring book.— REIMERholics (@REIMERholics) May 10, 2023
Which is very fitting for a Trudeau government. pic.twitter.com/f8GhsjtZ9I
It's not that Canada's passport redesign is ugly it's that it's soulless.— Kirk Lubimov (@KirkLubimov) May 10, 2023
They removed Terry Fox, Vimy Ridge, last spike going into the Canadian Pacific Railway, Nellie McClung (iconic figure in Canada's women's rights)...
Canada's monumental history, identity and character has…
I assumed the anger on my timeline over Canada’s new passport was overblown but it’s not. This is outrageous.— Pat Dubois (@patdubois) May 10, 2023
It’s so big.
Who approved this. pic.twitter.com/kF2bkry0Bj
Out: Terry Fox— Jason Lietaer (@jasonlietaer) May 10, 2023
I guess we know the ballot question for the next federal campaign. https://t.co/3YtuAlw1lI
Apparently, the federal government doesn’t believe there are any historic landmarks, achievements, or heroes worth honouring on the pages of our 🇨🇦 passport:— Kevin Vuong 王啟榮 (@KevinVuongMP) May 10, 2023
— Vimy Ridge
— Juno Beach
— Battle of the Atlantic
— Avro Arrow
— Discovery of Insulin
— Inventions of Canadarm, SONAR,… https://t.co/vV1eyjCr3L
The Canadian passport redesign is actually quite nice.— David Jacobs (@DrJacobsRad) May 10, 2023
A bit of friendly advice for those having a meltdown. If you are triggered by everything, no one will know when you are truly serious about an issue.
Enjoy the art. Touch grass. Move on.#Cdnpolihttps://t.co/TElD9j5JkK
The people that picked Canada’s new passport design. pic.twitter.com/TRY8rc1ne6— Treauge 🇨🇦 (@Treauge1) May 11, 2023
The biggest problem facing Canada today is WE CHANGED THE PICTURES IN THE PASSPORT.— Charlene M. Boyce 🔆 (@cr8tiveCandy) May 10, 2023
Until today, only about 10 Canadians knew what the pictures were in the passport.
The new passports will be produced this summer, with more details on when they will be rolled out expected later. Current passports remain secure and Canadians can continue to use them until they expire.