Canadian Passport Photo Information

The rules for Passport Photos are very strict:

  • no smiling
  • mouth closed
  • head straight up and down, not tilted
  • taken with a neutral facial expression (eyes open and clearly visible, mouth closed, no smiling)
  • taken with uniform lighting and not showing shadows, glare or flash reflections
  • taken straight on with face and shoulders centered and squared to the camera
  • taken in front of a plain white or light coloured background with a clear difference between your face and the background (Photos must reflect/represent natural skin tones)
  • original photos that are not altered in any way or taken from an existing photo
  • reflect your current appearance (taken within the last 12 months)

If your photo does not meet these rules. Your application will be rejected.

Please follow this link for examples

Canadian Passport Information

Passport Canada office  Thunder Bay:
979 Alloy Drive, 2nd Floor

Thunder Bay ON

Open Monday to Friday, from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Language of service: English, French

Filling Out Your Application Online

Instead of printing off a passport application and filling it in by hand, you can type your information directly into the form and then print it. Doing so has many advantages:

•It can lower your chance of making mistakes or leaving out required information. Before you print, the form will flag any places where information is missing.

•It makes sure you have the most current application form. Only the most recent versions are available online with up-to-date instructions.  
•It gives details and/or examples of what information is needed (and in what format).
•It’s safe and secure. Because you save the electronic form onto your computer, your information is not captured on any government server. Your information is only stored where you have saved the form (i.e. on your own computer, footnote 2).
•It may speed up your time at a Passport Canada office. When you fill in your form on your computer, the bar code will capture some of the information you enter. The bar code can then be quickly scanned and your information automatically entered into our system at a Passport Canada office.


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