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It’s time to clear your record and put your past behind you. Our innovative technology solutions and experienced team help you move forward with confidence and peace-of-mind. A Record Suspension is a Canadian pardon—it seals your record in the national database.

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A criminal record follows you for life unless you do something about it. A Record Suspension (Canada pardon) gives you a fresh start.

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Record Suspension Facts

A Record Suspension seals a criminal record in the Canadian Police Information Centre (CPIC). CPIC is a national database maintained by the RCMP. When you get a Record Suspension, your record is not erased but is removed from the main database, which means, in most cases, you can pass background checks for employment and other opportunities. A Record Suspension can be revoked if the recipient reoffends.

A Record Suspension means that the Parole Board has determined the applicant is of good conduct and the criminal record “should no longer reflect adversely on the applicant’s character”.

If the Parole Board of Canada is considering denying your Record Suspension application, they will contact you first and give you an opportunity to respond. This is your second chance to provide a compelling application, so you should take this letter seriously. Note the Parole Board’s concerns about your application and provide a good response. You will have 90 days to respond to this letter.

The Parole Board of Canada has guidelines for how long it takes to process an application. These guidelines are six months for a summary conviction and 12 months for an indictable conviction. However, these timeframes only begin after you submit your completed application. An application takes time to prepare and the timeframe depends on your case, how many convictions you have, and where the records are located. It can take four to 12 months to complete the application process. There may be a preparation stage before you can submit your application, but you can begin the application process before you are eligible to apply. To get started, contact us within one year of becoming eligible.

The waiting period for a Record Suspension begins after the sentence is completed. A sentence includes fines and probation. If you have a Summary offence on your record, you need to wait five years before you can apply for a Record Suspension. If you were convicted of an indictable offence, you need to wait 10 years. However, you can contact us earlier because we can begin collecting your documents before you are eligible to apply.

Once you submit your application to the Parole Board of Canada, a new waiting period begins. If you have a summary conviction, it will take the Parole Board six months to decide your application. If you have an indictable conviction it will take one year.

In 2012, the Canadian government brought in the current pardon laws. Under the new laws, wait times are longer. The government changed the wait time for a summary offence from three years to five. The wait time for an indictable offence was doubled from five years to ten. The government changed the name of the program from pardon to Record Suspension to remove the suggestion that the government was “forgiving” the crime and to reflect the fact that a pardon can be revoked if a person reoffends. The government raised the fee from $50 to $631. As well, they made some people with multiple offences or Schedule 1 offences against a minor ineligible.

When the Canadian Government changed the laws, they made them retroactive for those who had been convicted but had not yet applied. Two judgments were handed down in 2017, which challenged this. As a result, people convicted prior to 2012 in two provinces can now apply under old rules. The provinces affected are BC and Ontario. Everyone else will need to wait until the current government changes the laws again.

The current government did not support the 2012 changes to Canadian pardon laws. They have held public consultations about revising these laws, but they have not yet released any legislation. Respondents to the consultation showed strong support for change and easing the process for people with criminal records.

A pardon is almost the same as a Record Suspension and, in fact, the two terms are often used interchangeably. The term Record Suspension was introduced in 2012 because it better reflects what actually happens when a pardon is granted. The record is not erased. It is simply kept separate from non-pardoned criminal records. If the person were to reoffend, the pardon would cease to be in effect.

In fact, some people in Canada are still receiving pardons to this day. In BC and Ontario, constitutional challenges to the law resulted in people convicted prior to 2012 being eligible to apply for a pardon instead of a Record Suspension. The government may consider bringing back the term “pardon” when they make promised changes to the Criminal Records Act.

Canadians have the option to complete a Record Suspension on their own by downloading the application and guide from the website of the Parole Board of Canada.

Some people choose to obtain Record Suspension services from our company for convenience and faster processing. Record Suspension services include assistance at every stage of the process, including:

  • Free consultation and eligibility check
  • Court and police check requests and follow up
  • Obtaining military conduct sheets (if applicable)
  • Faster document requests through our police partner
  • Measurable benefit statement review
  • File compilation
  • 24/7 secure client portal access

Am I eligible?

Whether or not you are eligible depends on the seriousness of your conviction and how much time has passed. The current waiting times to apply for a Record Suspension are:

Summary: 5 years

Indictable: 10 years

You can be turned down for a Record Suspension if you have recent negative police conduct or if the Parole Board feels your offences were too serious. You will have an opportunity to respond before they deny your application.

If you are turned down you can apply again in one year.

If you have not been in trouble with the police for the past five or ten years, you have a good chance of success on your first application. Don’t let your past define your future.

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