New passports with computer chips & watermarks

Canadian passports are being upgraded to include chip technology and watermark images.

Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird says the new passports will have computer chips embedded in them; it’s technology that’s already used in many other countries.

Each blank page of the document will also contain watermarks depicting iconic images from Canadian history. The images include sports scenes and Canadian landmarks.

The changes are designed to deter counterfeiters and make the passport more secure. People will also be given an option to renew their passports for either five or 10 years.