Statement by UNE on the Increase of in-Person Applications at the Laval and Montreal Passport Offices

January and February are the busiest months for passport offices. Because of the upcoming March Break in Quebec, from March 4 to 8, 2024, Canadians are applying in person at various passport service locations, such as the ones in Laval and Montreal.

It’s also a busy year for all offices because many people who purchased 10-year passports in 2014 will require renewal in the coming months. Furthermore, the government decided to transfer over 500 workers who helped with the processing of passports at Service Canada locations to work on the new dental plan. This has created a shortfall for passport offices felt across the country.

While times for in-person applications have been longer on the day of application, Canadians continue to receive their passports on time whether they apply in person or by mail, thanks to the diligence and professionalism of Passport Officers who are proud UNE Members.