Here is the verdict from TECO in Ottawa regarding sending a photocopy of your passport instead of the original passport, just in case anyone else is curious:
If you were to submit the photocopy
of the passport, please note that it has to be the notarized first by the Canadian Trade Office in Taipei (CTOT, http://www.canada.org.tw/taiwan/menu.aspx
), and then authenticated by the Bureau of Consular Affairs, Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Taipei (http://www.boca.gov.tw
) as proof of the identity.
Please note that if you want it sent back express to Taiwan, include an additional $60 CAD, if you prefer regular air mail include an additional $2.03 CAD. This office is not responsible for delayed, lost, or stolen items sent by mail at the applicant’s request.
Taipei Economic and Cultural Office in Canada