Can anyone explain just WHY the fees are so high?
...can tell me what I purchased in the last 5 years at their store.
And well they should-look at the idiotic bull they post here daily-embarrassing both themselves and their country.
Got tricked into taking a seasonal job, Should have gotten the boat and did the 6 months working double shifts and the 6 months to do a loop around the Pacific from some South American port back just in time for the road bans to be lifted. Would that even qualify as a 'vacation'?
Actually it's $87 for us Canucks, plus a minimum of $10 for the photo, and if you have a wife an kids you have to shell out for them too unless you want to leave them at home, (at least kids under 16 go for half price). I'm more miffed that they are only good for 5 years where US and Brit passports are good for ten. The lame excuse I got from the passport folks is that it's because of this that Canadian passports earn more respect, I guess that's why they are most sought after by fraudsters.
I don't think $85 is high considering the amount of checking and scrutiny necessary to obtain an absolutely fool proof document. Renewing a drivers license can cost as much as $75, and we know how foolproof they are!
It's way too high considering they only called 1/4 of my references. I need 4 since I don't know anybody that qualifies as a guarantor, and applying from outside of the country I can't file for the simplified renewal form.Quote has been trimmed, See full post:
The guarantor is the most ridiculous aspect of the whole application, and if you don't happen to have known a doctor, dentist, mayor, lawyer, police officer etc. in the country where you apply from then you have to pay an additional $100 or so and find 2 more people who can act in lieu of the guarantor. Honestly, what is the purpose of that? They go out of their way to state that "the list above is not a recognition or endorsement by Passport Canada of professional status or superior qualifications," but what the heck is it a recognition of? If it is just someone that a person is bound to have met living somewhere, wouldn't a hair dresser make more sense?
Then the 5 year expiry date is retarded. Literally, retarded; most countries have moved to 10 year dates by now. Heck, my EU visa lasts longer than my passport, and cost 1/4 of the price.
As I said about the witnesses, they don't call them. I even applied for emergency services at one point: they called exactly 1 person, and asked them if they knew the name of my wife. The security is laughably non-existent.
You say they call witnesses, and then say they don't call witnesses.
I've been called when I've been a guarantor before.
If you don't like the passport, don't get one. Who gives a ****?
It's way too high considering they only called 1/4 of my references.
As I said about the witnesses, they don't call them.
So they call 1/4 of them, but they don't call them.
I call it as I see it, but I don't call it as I see it.
My next door neighbours signed as guarantor, but they never got a call...probably because I got the forms filled out at the local M.P.'s. (It's a service they provide here). They even mailled it for me with the MP letterhead..(No stamp necessary)
That might have also speed things up
It's a tax disguised as fee for service. Small price to pay for freedom. We could live in Bermuda or the USA.