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Federal Government Replaces Passports Damaged in Wildfire

Fort McMurray, AB, Canada / MIX 103.7
Federal Government Replaces Passports Damaged in Wildfire

Over 600 passports were either lost, destroyed, or damaged in the Horse River Wildfire.

That’s according to a remission order posted on the Federal Government’s website.

In total, 626 passports, 48 permanent resident cards, and 32 citizenship certificates were lost. These identification pieces have been replaced by the government costing them just under $33,000 in foregone revenue.

Meanwhile, people who lived in Fort McMurray during the wildfire and evacuation and applied for a new passport during May 3rd to September 6th also received their new I.D for free.

This included 626 new passports, costing just under $73,000.

All the documents, combined with express rates, and consular services fees cost the government around $130,000 in foregone revenue.

Back in 2013, the government covered the cost for those displaced after the train derailment and explosion in Lac Mégantic.

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