The Passport Canada website explains that, "Starting in the spring of 2013, all new Canadian passports issued will be electronic passports, or ePassports. The exact date will be announced later. At that time, adult applicants will have the option of a 5- or 10-year ePassport for both first-time applications and renewals, while children's ePassports will be issued for a maximum of 5 years."
You can learn more about the e-passports by clicking HERE
According to Passport Canada, "Canada’s new ePassport will be full of iconic images that will make Canadian passports more attractive and more secure. These images showcase Canada’s history and the building of our great nation."
If you would like to learn more about the new e-passport designs and learn about the national and historical significance of the imagery, click HERE