In the two months from March 1 to April 30, 2021, Service Canada says it issued 363,000 passports. One year later, as COVID travel measures started to subside, in the same time period, the number of issued passports spiked to 1,273,000. This would certainly explain the extremely long waiting times experienced by applicants. Recently, Service Canada announced that they received about 500,000 passport applications. Currently, they are prioritizing applicants who have immediate travel plans. They have plans to combat the waiting times, however, as per May 17 announcement.
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