Many job application forms come with a little tick box asking, “Are You Bondable”. Let’s start with the basics – what does it mean to be bondable – before you check that box.

What does bondable mean on a job application?

Bondable (as it relates to employment) means one’s ability to be insured by the hiring company, so that in the event of theft or loss by the employee the company is insured for the value of the loss. The process requires several checks, namely background (criminal record) and credit checks.

A company who is looking to hire in various departments will usually ask if the candidate is bondable. They may also ask, “Have you ever been bonded?” or “Can you be bonded?” Jobs include:

  • Positions where  there is  sensitive or valuable company information/data
  • Employment that involves the direct handling of cash
  • Jobs that involve the use of client financial information (credit card/banking information)
  • Client Representative, Service Jobs requiring interaction with customers
  • Work in the Vulnerable Sector
  • Financial Services and Banking Institutions

You may have heard that everyone is bondable because everyone can buy insurance at some price point. However, the definition of bondable for a job means that you don’t have a criminal record. This list shows the extreme diversity of employers that are concerned about whether or not you’re bondable. What does not bondable mean? It means they would have to pay more if they hired you.

Being bondable is increasingly becoming a requirement when applying for jobs. This follows on the increasing use of criminal record checks by employers in all industries throughout Canada. Another, more discreet reason for asking the question is a result of limits placed on the employer regarding asking questions in regards to criminal records. If you have any sort of criminal record, you must answer “No” to the question of “are you bondable”. This is because when the company who hires you tries to get you bonded the insuring company will complete a Canadian criminal record check. If a criminal record comes back with any prior conviction you will be declined the bond and will probably face repercussions from the employer.

How to become bondable with a Record Suspension

Thousands of Canadians are faced with the difficulty of not having the ability to be bonded. In Canada, the answer is to apply for a Canadian pardon. Currently, a pardon is called Record Suspension. A Pardon from the Parole Board of Canada will effectively seal your criminal record. As a result, when those background checks are completed by the insurance company they will see a clear record. This result opens a huge area of possibility for the 13% of Canadians living with a criminal record. Take a step towards improving your future; apply for a Canadian Pardon today. Pardon Services Canada staff are trained to help you with your Record Suspension application.

Note that a Record Suspension will not help you cross the US border. For that, you will need a US Entry Waiver.

More than ever, a criminal record is having adverse affects on the lives of almost 1 in 8 Canadians, and 1 in 3 Americans who carry a record to their name, and the public health crisis, COVID19, is making it more difficult for people to move on from their past. Employment, housing, and volunteer opportunities are now harder to come by and public health orders have slowed down services within fingerprinting and police agencies, courthouses, and the Parole Board of Canada. the Parole Board of Canada currently has limited capacity to process Record Suspension, Expungement and Clemency submissions, and are currently facing a 3 month delay in the processing of all applications. To learn more about how to clear your record during this time, visit our resource page here.

Pardon Services Canada is now AllCleared with services provided from coast to coast and office locations in BC, Alberta, Ontario and Quebec. Contact us today for a free consultation.