We recently co-founded the Pardon Association of Canada in order to help Canadians with obtaining pardons and US Waivers.
There are many pardon service providers on the web and it can be very confusing for the public. Many providers advertise “fastest service” or “the fastest pardon in Canada”. These claims are entirely misleading and many Canadians have been tricked by these tactics.
In addition, the pardon service provider industry is unregulated so anyone can advertise that they help get pardons, but how skilled and prepared are they at actually doing the job? The pardon process can be a long and complicated process that requires skilled staff to wade through the paperwork and organize it so that the pardon can be completed. Oftentimes, these fly by night pardon service providers advertising on the web are under staffed and ill-equipped to handle the volume of paperwork.
The end result is that the person who has started the pardon process with these pardon service providers who are not entirely legitimate is caught in a lengthy and frustrating process whereby their pardon may or may not be completed and there is no service along the way.
The Pardon Association of Canada is designed to help Canadians avoid these fishy pardon providers by creating a forum for legitimate pardon service providers who abide by the guidelines set out by the Pardons Association to protect the consumer and ensure transparent and efficient pardon service.
In addition, with the upcoming changes to the Pardon legislation as set out in Bill C23, the industry needs a champion and voice to speak out in defence of those seeking pardons in Canada.