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How to obtain a Criminal Record Suspension (Canadian Pardon)

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Record Suspensions Canada (Previously Pardon)

record suspension in Canada (also known as pardon) means removal (sealing) of a person’s criminal conviction record from public records, after they have completed their sentence, probation and paid their fines, and demonstrated that they are law abiding citizens.

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If you have ever been convicted for which you have not been granted a pardon you have a criminal record. A criminal record or police record in Canada is a record of an individual’s all convictions for which a pardon has not been granted stored in the Canadian Police Information Centre (CPIC) database.

You can request a background check to find out whether a criminal record associated with your name does or does not exist under the privacy act.

You are eligible for record suspension (pardon) if you have:

  • completed any sentence (s) and paid all the fines
  • completed all probation orders
  • met waiting period requirement
    • summary offences: 5 years,
    • indictable offences: 10 years
  • demonstrated that you are a law abiding citizen

Let us help you apply and receive a record suspension successfully and enjoy:

  • Better prospects for employment
  • Freedom of crossing borders without the fear of being denied entry
  • Avoid complex situations in adoptions
  • Child custody or visits
  • Volunteering
  • Peace of mind

Canadian Forensics works on your behalf to:

  • Seal/remove your criminal record (Record Suspension/ Pardon)
  • Remove your police records (File Destruction)
  • Get a US Entry Waiver for crossing the US-Canadian border

Frequently Asked Questions – Record Suspension (Pardon)

“A record suspension (formerly a pardon) allows people who were convicted of a criminal offence, but have completed their sentence and demonstrated that they are law-abiding citizens for a prescribed number of years, to have their criminal record kept separate and apart from other criminal records.” (Source: Parole Board of Canada).

If you were ever arrested, fingerprinted, and charged with an offence in Canada that resulted in a non-conviction or charges against you were dismissed, stayed or withdrawn you do not need to apply for a record suspension. Instead, you can contact the investigating police service for a purge or file destruction i.e. all identification documents including fingerprints, photographs and all information  taken at the time of arrest be destroyed.

In cases where individuals were arrested, fingerprinted and charged with an offence in Canada that resulted in absolute discharges received on or after July 24, 1992 criminal records are purged after a period of one (1) year from the date of sentence. Absolute discharges received before July 24, 1992 criminal records are removed upon written request from the individual.

In cases where individuals were arrested, fingerprinted and charged with an offence in Canada that resulted in conditional discharges received on or after July 24, 1992, are removed from the criminal record three (3) years following the date of the sentence. Conditional discharges registered before July 24, 1992, are removed upon written request from the individual

You are eligible for record suspension (pardon) if you have:

  • completed any sentence (s) and paid all the fines
  • completed all probation orders
  • met waiting period requirement
  • summary offences: 5 years
  • indictable offences: 10 years
  • demonstrated that you are a law abiding citizen

Parole Board of Canada is the only federal agency authorized to make record suspension decisions under Criminal Records Act (CRA). The individual must have completed all the sentences, paid all the fines and completed the waiting periods and shown that he/she is law abiding citizen now. The Parole Board grants, denies or revokes record suspensions for convictions under federal acts or regulations of Canada.

You do not need a representative or a lawyer to apply for a pardon (record suspension) in Canada.  The Parole Board of Canada gives equal consideration to all record suspension applications regardless who submitted the application.  You can visit the Parole Board of Canada website here.

Canadian Forensics Inc. offers simple. Affordable and confidential record suspension services for Canadian citizens who need help with record suspension application. We do not discriminate individuals and provide them professional and prompt services to everyone. We act on your behalf.

We will compile all the information needed for the record suspension application. Since we are familiar with the process therefore we will guide you through the entire process for getting your criminal records, court information, local police records and relevant citizenship documents. Once all the documentation is complete we will submit your application to Parole Board of Canada for processing which is the only authorized agency to grant, deny or revoke record suspensions (formerly pardon).

Canadian Forensics Purge Service $100

Canadian Forensics Record Suspension Service $479 plus applicable Taxes and shipping costs.

A minimum of $250 initial deposit is required to initiate the application process. Remaining balance is due prior to submission of the application to PBC. Our service fee does not include:

  • Parole Board of Canada submission fee $631
  • Fingerprinting and RCMP submission search fee $70
  • Local Police record $25 to $80 per record (varies based on the location of police service and number of offences)
  • Court Documents $10 to $30 per document

Please note that as of February 2012, Government of Canada increased the record suspension application fee from $150 to $631.

On an average it takes about 12-24 months for a pardon/record suspension application to be processed and granted by Parole Board of Canada. However, to compile all the supporting documents and information for the pardon/record suspension application it takes between 3-10 months.

A criminal record or police record in Canada is a record of an individual’s all convictions for which a pardon has not been granted stored in the Canadian Police Information Centre (CPIC) database. A criminal record is a record of criminal activity, regardless of the outcome in court.  Arresting police may hold a criminal record in the CPIC database maintained by the RCMP in Ottawa, and with the relevant court.  This criminal record stays in the database for years and does not go away automatically and can hinder your progress in travel, employment and loans.

If you were charged with a crime i.e. fingerprinted, even if you were not proven (found) guilty, you do have a criminal record. If you have ever been fingerprinted, there is a fingerprint number associated with your name and date of birth unless you apply for file fingerprint and photograph destruction.

Youth criminal record does not expire or record suspension (pardoned) automatically when you turn 18. Amount of time youth criminal record remains open for access depends on the type of offence, the sentence, and whether the person re-offends before the expiry of the “Access Period”. Once the Access Period is satisfied youth record is sealed and/or destroyed. However, if the person re-offends as an adult without satisfying the “Access Period” the youth record will become part of the their adult criminal record and requires a record suspension (pardon) to remove.

If a person was found guilty and convicted of an offence you would have to apply for a record suspension/Canadian Pardon. Once granted, your fingerprints, photographs, RCMP report and court records are sealed and kept separate from other public records unless the individuals is convicted of an offence again.

On the other hand file destruction and purge is applicable to those records when individuals were accused, fingerprinted and photographed but not convicted. In this case you apply for a file destruction or purge and your fingerprints and photographs will be destroyed and you will be provided with a proof for that.

CPIC stands for “Canadian Police Information Centre” and is a computer based information system. The CPIC database is maintained by RCMP and located in Ottawa. Canadian and US police agencies have direct access to CPIC database.

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