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The Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21 will be part of Canada’s new ePassport

October 26, 2012, Halifax, NS—The Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21 will be one of the featured images in the new edition of the Canadian ePassport. The official announcement will be made by the Honourable John Baird, Minister of Foreign Affairs, when he unveils a major security overhaul for the new ePassport on behalf of the Government of Canada.

The new enhanced security features and images will serve to keep the Canadian passport one of the world’s most secure travel documents, while showcasing Canada’s history, heroes and the building of our great nation.

“We are honoured to be one of the icons included as a watermark in the redesign of the Canadian ePassport,” said Marie Chapman, CEO of the Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21. “Pier 21 represents, not only for those who passed through this historic gateway, but for newcomers arriving in Canada every day, and for all Canadians, a place of new beginnings. And, like obtaining a Canadian passport, each represents a special milestone in the experience of becoming Canadian and is an important symbol of Canadian identity.”

Pier 21 is a National Historic Site which was the gateway to Canada for one million immigrants between 1928 and 1971. It also served as the departure point for 500,000 Canadian Military personnel during the Second World War. Today, Pier 21 hosts the Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21—Canada’s sixth national museum and only the second national museum located outside of the National Capital Region.

“As a national museum, it is our responsibility to share with Canadians the integral role that immigration plays in the fabric of our country. Now, whenever Canadians use their passport they will be reminded of this,” Ms. Chapman continued.

The Museum explores the theme of immigration to Canada, the vital role immigration played in the building of Canada and the contributions of immigrants to Canada’s culture, economy and way of life.

For a look at the image of Pier 21 (pages 16–17) and the other images included in the new ePassport, please visit Passport Canada's website, which features images and descriptions of the new passport design.

For more information contact:
Cailin MacDonald, Communications Manager
Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21 ǀ 902-425-2320

For more information on the ePassport initiative contact:
Passport Canada, Media Relations