April 1, 2023

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Up to $ 50 / h for waiting in line at the passport office

The passport crisis is pushing queers, frustrated by the relentless delays, to pay someone $ 20 to $ 50 an hour for themselves in front of the Service Canada Passport Office.

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“Most of the time, I am approached by aides of wealthy businessmen. They are told they don’t have time to wait in line all day. I do this for them because it’s easy money, ”Brian Buraga smiled.

The Registration Yesterday the 23-year-old met at the Guy-Favreau campus in Montreal. This is where he usually stands in line for those who refuse to wander around for hours to get and renew a passport.

According to Service Canada, this was due to “unprecedented amount of demands to be implemented” and manpower shortages in the midst of an epidemic created these huge delays for months.

Precious opportunity

Mr. Buraga asks $ 21.17 / h on stage பணிமுயல் For his services, he started offering last May. Thus, he gets up at dawn and stands in line for hours in front of the Service Canada offices.

Brian Buraga - The Passport Crisis

Screenshot taken from Taskrabbit

As he enters the passport office, Brian Buraga texts his client to take his place. Thus he gives him his position in the queue, and that is all.

“It’s very simple. For me, it’s a win-win formula,” he admits.

Dozens of announcements

Newspaper It has found dozens of ads across the country for this type of work. They were visualized Facebook Market, Kijiji And பணிமுயல்.

Most of these service providers charge between $ 20 / hr and $ 50 / hr for waiting in line at the passport office in Ottawa, Toronto, Quebec and Montreal. The most motivated are those who are ready to stand in line at 4am for their customers.

Brian Buraga - The Passport Crisis

Screenshot taken from Facebook

“I’m a single mother. I have to take care of my daughter so I can not go there all the time. But I can tell you that it’s a mess and people are not motivated. Every day, I get requests,” says Montreal Sam, his last name. Refused to release because he did not know if the plan was legal.

Brian Buraga - The Passport Crisis

Screenshot taken from Facebook

In connection with this matter, Service Canada did not answer our questions yesterday.

Please note that Service Canada offices, including its Department of Media Relations, are closed on weekends, despite endless taxes during the week.

With Pascal Ducas-Borden

Average waiting time for each passport office:

  • Guy Fauro Complex, Montreal: 4h
  • Location de la Citte in Quebec: 3h15
  • Medolands Drive, Ottawa: 4h
  • 74 Victoria Street, Suite 300, Toronto: 2h15
  • Sinclair Center in Vancouver: 3h30

Source: Service Canada

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