The terms ‘record suspension’ and ‘pardon’ refer to the same thing, concealing an individual’s criminal record so it doesn’t show up during a standard criminal record search. Essentially, Canadian pardon services get your criminal record suspended to make it invisible to parties screening you, but it’s still there.
Individuals may be eligible to have their record concealed if:
Many people assume that they can carry on with their normal lives, unaffected by their old criminal record, at least until the topic comes up unexpectedly when trying to cross the border, lease property, apply for citizenship, or apply for a job.
When your name is tied to a criminal record in the RCMP’s national database, it stays there, exposed and accessible to any parties performing a criminal record or vulnerable sector check, at least until a record suspension is granted.
We can help you apply for pardon services in Canada. Whether you were convicted of one or twenty crimes, or even if you were not convicted, your police files and fingerprints, statements, court records, and the like are still in the system and connect your name to an arrest.
The PBC, or Parole Board of Canada, is the only government agency responsible for making decisions relating to record suspensions under the Criminal Records Act (CRA). The CRA gives the PBC the power to order, refuse to order, and even revoke a pardon.
When you are awarded a record suspension, it means that the judicial record of your conviction is separated from other criminal records, allowing you to reintegrate into society. Essentially, all information about the conviction is removed from the Canadian Police Information Centre (CPIC) database. Following a pardon, federal agencies will be required to seek approval from the Minister of Public Safety Canada before giving out information about your conviction.
A record suspension will remove the disqualifications associated with a criminal record, allowing you to seek Canadian citizenship, contract with the government, and a lot more. However:
Keep in mind that all questions must be answered truthfully and completely. Concealing information or making deceptive or false statements will lead to the denial of your application for a record suspension. If the untruthful information is discovered after the pardon has been granted, it may cease to have effect.
The Parole Board of Canada (PBC) is the only body authorized under the Criminal Records Act (CRA) to make record suspension decisions. Read More
After preparing your pardon application, Pardon Pros will submit it to the Parole Board of Canada. This will mark the beginning of a 6 to 24 month wait for a decision to be made on your case and the result emailed back to us. Read More
Starting February 23, 2012, the record suspension application fee increased to $631. The total cost of a pardon in Canada is significantly influenced by the government charges associated with collecting and filing the application paperwork. Read More
At Pardon Professionals, our founders have lived through the process of obtaining a record suspension and know how daunting and stressful this process can be. We provide professional, efficient, trusted and expert service without judgment so that you can obtain a waiver or pardon as quickly as possible. We set your mind at ease with customer-centric service and easy-to-understand, direct information at your fingertips. Begin the process of clearing your record today with our help.