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Canada Passport Backlog Improving

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Canada Passport Program is making headway in reducing its application backlog.

Between the weeks of May 22 and May 29, 2023, the number of passport applications received increased by 13,392, from 69,240 to 82,632 applications. The total number of applications received from April 1 to June 4, 2023, is estimated at 606,909.

During the same period, the number of passports issued also increased, with a net difference of 15,330 more passports issued in the week of May 29 to June 4 compared to the previous week. The total number of passports issued to Canadians living in Canada and the United States, from April 1 to June 4, 2023, is 596,124.

here is a simple table based on the data provided:

Date/StatWeek of May 29 to June 4Week of May 22 to May 28DifferenceYear to Date
Applications Received82,63269,240+13,392606,909
Passports Issued85,54970,219+15,330596,124
Average Wait Time (secs)1221-9N/A
MonthApplications ReceivedPassports Issued

Please note that the data for June might not be complete since the report was last updated on June 8, 2023.

This increase in the number of passports issued compared to the number of applications received suggests that the backlog is improving.

Furthermore, the wait times at the Passport Call Centre have significantly improved, with an average wait time of 12 seconds in the week of May 29 to June 4, which is 9 seconds less than the average wait time in the previous week.

Lastly, the data for application processing indicates that more passports were issued than applications received in April 2023 (210,171 passports issued vs. 209,548 applications received). In May, the number of passports issued was slightly less than the applications received, but it appears that this gap is being addressed in June.

Overall, the provided statistics show a positive trend in processing passport applications and reducing the backlog. However, the current situation should still be monitored closely to maintain and further improve efficiency.

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