Canadian Criminal Records Suspension

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:

  • They were convicted under a case of criminal offence
  • They have completed all the necessities of their sentence and probation
  • They have completed a 5 or 10 year waiting period, depending on the nature of their offence
Why Should You Be Interested in a Pardon?

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.

Who Administers the Program?

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.

What Is Involved in Removing the Charge?

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.

Limits and Revoking

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:

  • The pardon does not erase the fact that you committed a crime and got convicted. It doesn’t erase your criminal record, but separates it from other criminal records.
  • Your file may be reactivated in the CPIC database in the unfortunate event that you get convicted of a new offence
  • The record suspension does not affect your prohibition order

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

Processing Time

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

Pardon Fees

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

Pardon Giveaway Contest

We’re offering our pardon services for free! We want to know more about your journey in life and why a pardon would be life-changing for you at this very moment in time. Tell us your life story in up to 500 words. 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.

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