The following text and video are excerpted from an article by Maham Abedi for Global News on May 22, 2018. You can read the full article here.

“The Canadian passport is among the strongest in the world, according to an index released Tuesday…

The Henley Passport Index measures how powerful the national identifications are based on how many countries citizens can access without a visa. The index is based on data collected through the International Air Transport Association.

In its latest ranking, Japan takes the top spot with the country’s passport-holders being able to access 189 other nations without a visa. Canada is in fifth place at 185, and tied with Belgium, Denmark, Ireland and Switzerland.”

PLEASE NOTE: It is important to not forget that Canadian passports are, in fact, the property of the Canadian government, and can, therefore, be taken away. The government also has the distinct prerogative to choose not to issue a passport, or to forbid an individual the opportunity to receive a passport for a maximum of 10 years. Your passport is a highly important and valuable document that should be respected, appreciated, and guarded with a high degree of care.

To read the full article from Global News and watch more videos highlighting passport news and tips, click here.