Update on the pardons backlog
The Parole Board of Canada remains on target for clearing the backlog of pardon files by March 31, 2017.
Frequently asked questions:
Why is there a backlog of pardon applications?
The user fee in place at that time, which was already unsustainable, did not cover the additional costs needed to process a pardon under these amendments. As a result, a backlog of pardon applications developed.
Why hasn't the backlog of pardon applications been cleared yet?
Why are record suspensions being processed ahead of pardons?
Unlike pardon applications, record suspension applications operate under a full-cost recovery model ($631 user fee).
Under the User Fees Act, these applications must by law be processed according to specific service standards.
- Up to 6 months for a summary offence;
- Up to 12 months for an indictable offence;
- Up to 24 months where the Board proposes to refuse.
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