Thank goodness I have a healthy dose of cynicism when it comes to getting anything done in this country and didn’t buy a plane ticket before receiving my new passport.
I sent my passport renewal the 13th of May, a Friday, and they received it first thing the following Tuesday morning. Their site said to allow up to 20 business days to process, plus mailing time each way. That meant that they should have my passport processed by the end of the day on Tuesday June 14th and I would expect it by that Friday, the 17th.
I put on my application that I was traveling June 25th, but, of course, wasn’t stupid enough to buy a ticket for that date even though I gave them an extra five business days as a buffer.
Friday last week, I requested an update on my application and received it today by email. My passport renewal will be processed the week of the 20th and can be expected the week of the 27th.
If I had made any travel arrangements I would be scrambling right now. Of course, there is the odd chance that they will process it on the 20th and it will arrive at the eleventh hour by the 24th, but I’m not holding my breath and I don’t dare buy a ticket for the week of the 27th.
So at this point, it looks like I’m leaving the first week in July. Right when ticket prices go up for the summer rush. Thanks, Passport Canada!