OTTAWA - The government is on track to begin issuing 10-year electronic passports in the spring - a high tech version of the existing five-year document that has to be replaced six months before it expires.
The so-called ePassport contains a chip and enhanced security features that will help prevent identity theft, making the document more tamper proof.
The chip stores the same information found on page two of existing passports - name, sex, place of birth, date of birth, photo, passport number and expiry date. Signatures are not reproduced on the chip.
The ePassport will cost adults $135 - up from $87 they pay now. A child's version will be good for only five years and cost $57 - up from $37.
Adults can get a five-year version for $95.
The new passport will bring Canada up to par with about 98 other countries, including all G-8 countries.