E-passports and biometric passports are different names for the same thing.
The Canadian government will adopted electronic chip technology in all passports issued from 2012; a pilot scheme has meant that some passports are already equipped with electronic chips.
This procedure has been tried and tested in over 80 countries world-wide. This means that every new passport will be embedded with an electronic chip, which contains extra biometric data to enhance passport security and fight passport fraud. This includes:
- A hidden digital photo viewable under ultra-violet light
- Personal details contained on page 2 of the Passport
- A government signature that proves the Passport was issued in Canada
- Holographic images