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No passport office, but more rapid service for Charlottetown

Key takeaways: 

  • Approximately four weeks to cut off wait times.
  • In an interview last week, Karina Gould, the minister liable for Service Canada, raised anticipations for a passport office in Charlottetown.

Islanders wishing for a passport office — after Karina Gould, the minister accountable for Service Canada said P.E.I. should have one last week — will have to stay.

The federal government declared this week that 16 Service Canada sites, Charlottetown among them, will begin offering expedited service under specific situations.

If you have been waiting for a passport for 20 business days and are journeying within the next 20, you can apply to have the procedure transferred from the passport office to Service Canada to ensure your passport comes on time.

“It’s a matter of attempting to lay out the processing from the full-service offices,” said Charlottetown MP Sean Casey. 

“That would mean taking the processing time down to approximately eight weeks. And all too frequently, we see processing times of between 12 and 14 weeks so that it will earn people around a month.”

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Islanders wishing for a passport office — after Karina Gould, the minister accountable for Service Canada said P.E.I. should have one last week — will have to stay

People can also transfer the process inside that initial 20-day window by paying a $20 price.

A new sort of passport office

In an interview on Island Morning on July 25, Gould left numerous with the belief that an announcement regarding a passport office in Charlottetown was coming.

“We don’t have the office open yet, but I’m expecting in the following few weeks that we’ll be able to do that,” she said.

Casey stated further progress to passport services is being scheduled for Charlottetown, but they will still come short of the service offered in other areas.

“The anticipation that you’ll be able to go there in person and get a passport the same day or two days later is not going to be met,” he stated.

Source – CBC News

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