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User Fees

Name of User Fee Fee Type Authority Reason for Planned Introduction of or Amendment to Fee Effective Date of Planned Change Consultation and Review Process Planned
Processing pardon application Regulatory Service User Fee Act

The Criminal Records Act (CRA)authorizes the Board to grant, deny or revoke pardons for convictions under federal acts or regulations.

The Minister of Public Safety tabled a proposal to increase the pardon user fee to $150 in both Houses on September 20th, 2010. On November 24, 2010, parliament adopted the fee proposal. The Ministerial Order which is the authority to fix the fee of $150 was signed and registered and came into effect on December 29, 2010.

This fee increase from $50 to $150 represented the first step in the Government’s plan to move to full cost-recovery for the pardons program.

This was an interim measure designed to provide the Parole Board of Canada (PBC) with increased capacity to manage heavy and ongoing pardon workloads, while addressing important changes in the pardon process as a result of Bill C-23A (which came into force on June 29, 2010), and preparing for implementation for a full cost-recovery approach for pardons.

The Government of Canada is now seeking to implement a new fee system that would require users to assume the full cost of processing a pardon application.

This model will ensure sustainability for the Parole Board of Canada’s (PBC) pardon program, and secure the resources needed to efficiently and effectively deliver pardon services to users under the revised CRA.


Implementation of this proposal, which will be consistent with the requirements of the User Fees Act, will be supported by a series of consultations involving:

  • key federal partners with an interest in the pardon program;
  • national offender advocacy groups representing potential pardon applicants;
  • court organizations;
  • selected police services; and,
  • victim advocates.