The right of Canadian citizens to obtain a passport is governed by the Passport Order, and the program is managed by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC). Upon properly filling out an application and paying the applicable fees, a passport will generally be issued to citizens under the order. However, there are circumstances where passport services can be denied or passports can be revoked for up to ten years. These may include persons who:

  • face criminal charges or are serving a criminal sentence
  • have used the passport to engage in criminal activity
  • have let someone else use their passport
  • obtained the passport by means of false or misleading information
  • are considered a threat to national security

Individuals facing the loss of passport privileges should speak with competent counsel prior to having any further communications with passport or immigration authorities.