Foreign Affairs – May 2, 2012

In Committee from the Senate of Canada

Foreign Affairs – May 2, 2012

Senior government officials appeared before the committee to discuss Passport Canada’s fee-for-service proposal. The plan would allow the agency to raise its fees to facilitate the introduction of the ePassport, which it aims to launch in the spring of 2013.

Julie Lalonde-Goldenberg from Service Canada spoke about the department’s role in the passport issuing process. Maria Romeo from the Canada Border Services Agency explained how the new technology would improve security at border crossings. Marc Vidricaire and Bradley Bélanger from Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada discussed the department’s consular services including the delivery of passports to individuals abroad.

Clyde MacLellan and Wendy Loschiuk from the Office of the Auditor General of Canada spoke about the findings of past Passport Canada audits, as well as their previous recommendations for improving the agency’s cost structures.