No passport workplace for Charlottetown, however quick service promised


Islanders hoping for a passport workplace – after Karina Gould, the minister liable for Service Canada, PEI final week ought to have one – should wait.

The federal authorities introduced this week that 16 Service Canada areas, amongst them Charlottetown, will start providing expedited service below sure circumstances.

If you’re ready for a passport for 20 enterprise days, and touring inside the subsequent 20 days, it is possible for you to to use for a switch course of from the Passport Workplace to Service Canada to make sure that Your passport arrives on time.

“It is a matter of attempting to unfold the processing out of full-service workplaces,” mentioned Charlottetown MP Sean Casey.

Sean Casey says extra enhancements are coming to passport providers in Charlottetown. (Natalia Goodwin/CBC)

“Meaning taking the processing time right down to about eight weeks. And sometimes we’re processing instances between 12 and 14 weeks, so it will profit individuals a few month.”

Individuals will even be capable to transfer the method inside that preliminary 20-day window by paying a $20 payment.

A brand new form of passport workplace

in an interview island morning On July 25, Gould left many with the impression that an announcement a few passport workplace in Charlottetown was imminent.

“We do not have the workplace open but, however I count on to have the ability to accomplish that within the subsequent few weeks,” she mentioned.

Casey mentioned there are plans to additional enhance passport providers to Charlottetown, however they’ll nonetheless be lower than these provided in different provinces.

“Hopefully it is possible for you to to go there in particular person and get the passport on the identical day or two later, which isn’t going to be full,” he mentioned.

“Minister Gould indicated that we might have higher entry to passport providers. After all the belief was left that this meant a full-service passport workplace. The passport workplace being deliberate for Charlottetown is identical. Not like it’s in Halifax and Fredericton.”

The workplace that’s being deliberate for Charlottetown will present a 10-business-day turnaround, he mentioned. The workplace is predicted to open in a month.

Though it’s a step in the best route, Casey mentioned he would proceed to combat for a full passport workplace in Charlottetown.



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