Travellers heading to other countries will now be able to get their Canadian passports in Salmon Arm at the Service Canada branch on Shuswap Street. (Pixabay photo)

Canadian passports now available in Salmon Arm

The Service Canada office on Shuswap Street will provide weekday service in English.

Travelling to another country usually requires a passport, something that has previously required a trip to Kelowna.

Not any more!

The Government of Canada has announced that passport services will be opened in several communities across the country, including Salmon Arm.

Today, at Toronto Pearson International Airport, Jean-Yves Duclos, Minister of Families, Children and Social Development, announced that winter holiday and March break travellers can now get passport services at more than 300 Service Canada Centres in Canada.

Related: Travellers are reminded to pack carefully

Since 2017, passport points of service have doubled from 151 to more than 300 by using Service Canada’s nationwide service delivery network.

This expansion provides more access to passport services in rural and remote areas — no matter where Canadians live.

Canadians have more options available when applying for or renewing five-year and 10-year passports and child passports.

“In the spirit of constantly improving service delivery to citizens, we are putting in place new measures to make life easier for Canadians,” said Duclos.

“The Passport Program is one of Canada’s most valuable services that millions of Canadians rely on,” added Ahmed Hussen, Minister of Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship. “As the minister responsible for the passport program, my department is committed to continuously improving front-line services, maintaining our excellent service standards and providing Canadians with more accessible options when applying for or renewing a passport.”

As of May 1, 2018, approximately 64.5 per cent of Canadian adults held a valid Canadian passport and in 2017-18, Canada issued more than 4.8 million passports, which translates into more than 19,000 passports issued daily. The latest expansion means that more than 97 per cent of Canadians now have access to passport services within 100 kilometres of their home. In Salmon Arm, passports are available at the Service Canada office at Service Canada 191 Shuswap St. NW. The centre is open weekdays from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., providing service in English. The office is closed from noon to 1 p.m. for lunch.


@SalmonArm
barb.brouwer@saobserver.net

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

$45K in donations received after Pitt Meadows woman, man die in Tulameen

Sarah MacDermid, 31, and Casey Bussiere, 37, died August long weekend

Former Summerlander receives Emmy nomination for makeup work

Lucky Bromhead recognized for her work with Canadian sitcom Schitt’s Creek

Morning Start: High heels were first designed for men

Your morning start for Monday, Aug. 10, 2020

QUIZ: Do you know the truth?

In what has been described as a post-truth era, how much do you know about truth and lies?

EDITORIAL: Managing wildfires

Wildfires have the potential to cause significant damage within our province

B.C. records 30-50 new COVID-19 cases a day over weekend, no new deaths

Many of those testing positive were identified by contact tracing for being linked to other confirmed infections

Five B.C. First Nations call out Canada for ‘discriminatory’ food fish practices

West Coast nations say government ignoring court-won right to chinook and coho

No new COVID-19 cases in Kelowna over the weekend

Kelowna has nine of the Interior Health region’s 13 active cases

Rent-relief program becomes new front in fight between Liberals, opposition

Opposition trying to draw parallels between decision to have Canada Mortgage and Housing Corp. run program and the WE controversy

West Kelowna woman upset with RCMP response to street brawl

A physical altercation between a group of teens and a group of adults erupted on a West Kelowna street Sunday evening

Kelowna real estate agent fined $6,500 for ‘misleading’ website

The website listed several services its owner was not licensed to provide

Ottawa sets minimum unemployment rate at 13.1% for EI calculation

Statistics Canada says the unemployment rate was 10.9 per cent in July

UFO trackers set their sights on Revelstoke skies

Rob Freeman UFO World Explorer and crew went up Sale Mountain

Most Read