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Record Suspensions (formerly known as a Pardon)

There are many people who have made mistakes and poor choices in their lives which have resulted in a criminal record. A criminal record can hold many negative effects in a person’s life, for example attaining employment, volunteering, applying for housing, or access to countries outside Canada. Obtaining a Record Suspension allows people the opportunity to put those mistakes behind them and move forward in their life with confidence.

To be able to apply for a Record Suspension, an applicant must have:

Completed all of their sentencing (including all sentences of imprisonment, any probation orders, and payment in full of any fines, costs, surcharges, compensation orders and/or restitution); And

The waiting period has elapsed:

10 years — an offense prosecuted by indictment;

5 years — an offense punishable on summary conviction.

Individuals 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 may apply for a Record Suspension.

If granted a Record Suspension, a person’s criminal record will be removed from the Canadian Police Information Centre (CPIC) database. This means that a search of CPIC will not show that the individual has a criminal record or was granted a Record Suspension. Providing the person a clean slate, and the removal of the stigmatization that is attached with a criminal record.

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