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Kelowna finally gets an almost full-service passport office

Sunday, February 7th, 2010 | 9:57 am

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MP Ron Cannan

By John McDonald

After a decade-long struggle, Kelowna will finally be getting an almost -full-service passport office, opening March 1.

MP Ron Cannan, who has made securing a passport office one of the top priorities in his four years in office, said today that staff have already been hired and construction has begun on a site in the Capri Centre Mall.

“As a rapidly growing community with no Passport Canada office close by, Kelowna meets all the requirements to have a satellite passport office,” said Cannan, in an email statement. “Now constituents won’t have to commute to the Lower Mainland to get their passports.”

As a satellite office, the Kelowna location will not have next-day service because it has no local printing facility, although all other services will be available.

Cannan said Public Works Canada chose the Capri Mall site, the same mall Cannan’s constituency office is located, after an “extensive review of various sites submitted.”

Cannan praised the new location for its central location and his own government for establishing the service.

“This is great news not only for the people of Kelowna – Lake Country but all residents of the Southern Interior in British Columbia,” Cannan said. “This new office has been wanted and needed for many years and I am proud to say our government is delivering for the residents of Kelowna and the surrounding area.”

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8 Responses to “Kelowna finally gets an almost full-service passport office”

  1. Jim says:
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    I never did have to commute. I got mine without leaving town, but it is good to have a local office.

  2. Andrew B says:
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    I don’t really understand the fascination with doing this in person. Send your passport application via tracked courier and it’s usually door-to-door in about 11 days. *shrug*

  3. Bruce says:
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    This is great for us who for any reason find the wait for snail mail to slow,especially if returned not completed because of a misdemeanour like initials rather than full first name on back of I.D.picture.(by the Postmaster)

  4. dungeon devil says:
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    I agree with Andrew B. It was painless and fast via Canada Post.
    The forms I obtained from the Post Office were understandable and easy to fill out.

  5. Debra says:
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    I tracked the government job sites waiting for the postings for the positions with the Passport office – When and where were they posted if not on those sites?

    Very interesting that they have been filled… and disappointing too!

  6. To Debra says:
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    They were posted on jobs.gc.ca
    they were probably only posted for a few days.

  7. Eva Vazquez says:
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    As an inmigrant for long time it will be easy..to do it for myself and the kids..here in town..to visit our family out of Canada

  8. Jane says:
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    Dear Job-seeking Debbie,
    The job postings for Passport Officers were only OPEN to persons already working in the Federal Govn AND only IF working in a Kelowna office too. There were deployments from within from other provinces though. There were numerous Exams written to qualify for an interview. Those who eventually qualified were sent to Toronto for 3 weeks of training (Vancouver hotels full due to Olympics — poor planning on Passport Canada’s part… could have been scheduled sooner.) IF those trainees did not get an 80% pass mark in training, they were terminated, not allowed to go on with the apprenticeship of 10 weeks. If you are terminated, those working for CRA could NOT go back to their former jobs….they had to RESIGN to take the chance they MAY be successful. Some were not …. Passport officers must be understandably accurate, with an expected completion rate of your application form within 9 minutes. Some of those long-service govn employees are now un-employed, looking at the govn jobs from the outside…like you. So,after dedicating years and years to the public service collecting taxes… and now un-employed. Enjoy your Passport office. Signed…bitter.

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