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By Ilona Kauremszky


Q: I’ve got a few pages remaining in my passport and am worried that it’ll run out. Can I add more pages to it?

A: According to Passport Canada, it is no longer possible to add pages to Canadian passports. “An applicant who has a valid passport in which the visa pages have become filled with visas or entry-exit stamps must apply for a new passport,” reports the government agency.

For adult passport holders (these are persons 16 years or over), expect to pay $87 for a 24-page passport. In an effort to understand the fee structure, Passport Canada discloses on its web site a full breakdown on where your dollars go. “Of this amount, $25 is used to recover the costs incurred by the Department of Foreign Affairs in providing consular services to Canadians abroad,” it reports and adds, “As for the remaining $62, the breakdown is as follows: 47% towards security fees (such as examination, guarantor checks); 43% towards production fees (such as material and printing); and 6% towards administration fees.

An adult passport is valid for five years. For more information, you can visit Passport Canada online at www.passportcanada.gc.ca. If you think you’ll be travelling a lot, Passport Canada does have a larger 48-page format passport available for $92.

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