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GOVERNMENT INTRODUCES NEW PASSPORTS

by UNIGLOBE Plus Travel Group - Toronto, On, Canada -

New passports feature computer chips and historical watermarks to help prevent fraud

Canada's passports are being updated to include chip technology and watermark images designed to prevent fraud, but they are also going to cost a lot more.

The new passports will have computer chip embedded technology that's already used in almost 100 other countries, Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird said Friday.

Each blank page of the document will also contain watermarks depicting iconic images from Canadian history.

The new passports will be renewable for either five- or 10-year periods, but they'll come with a price: $120 for five years, up from the current $87, and $160 for the 10-year option.

Passports for children will be $57, an increase of $20.

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