Originally posted on National Post | News:

OTTAWA — 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 — technology that’s already used in many other countries.

Passport Canada / Government of Canada

Each blank page of the document will also contain watermarks depicting iconic images from Canadian history.

The images include sports scenes and Canadian landmarks.

Passport Canada/Government of Canada

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.

Passport Canada / Government of Canada

Passport Canada/Government of Canada

Passport Canada / Government of Canada

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