Ottawa announced that it is adding new passport service locations across Canada to address the huge in processing applications continues.
Social Development Minister Karina Gould says people can now apply for and pick up passports at four additional Service Canada centres which are essentially in smaller towns.
The new application and pick-up service will be available in Sault Ste. Marie (Ontario), Trois-Rivières (Quebec), Charlottetown (P.E.I.) and Red Deer (Alberta). The minister says that more locations are coming.
In the first week of August, the number of passports issued within 40 business days fell to 72 per cent from 81 per cent the week before, according to a report from The Canadian Press.
While government statistics show the system is starting to catch up with demand, a large backlog remains particularly for applications submitted by mail.