A Canadian pardon, now called Record Suspension, is applied for through the Parole Board of Canada. This is where you submit your application. However, first, there is some legwork that needs to be done.
If you apply for your pardon through AllCleared, we will do the document gathering for you, but you will still need to get your fingerprints taken in order to obtain a copy of your Certified Criminal Record from the RCMP.
The RCMP is not responsible for Record Suspensions, but they do manage the national database of criminal records, which is called CPIC (Canadian Police Information Centre).
Where do you get the documents required?
If you plan to apply on your own, you can get the application form and guide from the website of the Parole Board of Canada. Then it’s time to start collecting documents.
If you go through AllCleared, we will fill out the forms except for the personal statements. You need to complete these personally, but we will provide you with detailed instructions.
Your first stop will be a local police station or accredited fingerprinting agency. We will recommend the best places to go in your area. The reason you need to do this is that the RCMP will not release your record without fingerprints. This helps to prevent errors related to mistaken identity or name changes. These days, electronic fingerprints are required to complete this step.
Where else do you need to go?
If you are working with AllCleared, we will obtain your other documents. If you are completing the application on your own, you will need to wait for your record to come back. Then you can obtain the rest of your documents, including:
- Local police checks
- Court documents
If you have ever served in the military, you will need to request your military conduct sheets.
How does AllCleared get your documents faster?
AllCleared is the only pardon company with a police partnership. This allows us to request police checks and court documents while we are waiting for your criminal record to come back. Every other company will make you wait up to four months for the RCMP to respond before they do any work on your file.
AllCleared helps you keep moving forward towards your goal, so you can get started on your dreams faster.
What happens next?
Once you submit your application to the Parole Board of Canada, they will examine it to make sure that it is complete and you have enclosed the $631 fee. About 30 percent of applications submitted fail this first step. This is another benefit of working with AllCleared. We guarantee that your application will be accepted at this stage.
Once your application is submitted, there is nothing to do but wait. The time period for a decision is mandated by legislation to be:
- Six months for a summary conviction
- Twelve months for an indictable conviction
If you are ready to apply for a Record Suspension, contact AllCleared for a free consultation at 1-866-972-7366.