Canadian Pardon Eligibility

The Parole Board of Canada (PBC) is the only body authorized under the Criminal Records Act (CRA) to make record suspension decisions. You may apply for a record suspension if you:

  • Were 18 years or above when you were convicted of an offence in Canada under a Canadian federal act or regulation
  • Were convicted of a crime outside Canada and then transferred into the country under the Transfer of Offenders Act or International Transfer of Offenders Act

Your Canadian pardon eligibility also depends on the type of offence committed. Individuals who have been convicted of the following are not eligible for a record suspension:

1. A schedule 1 offence—sexual offences involving children.

2. More than 3 offences prosecuted by indictment, with a prison sentence of two or more years.

When Can You Apply?

You should only apply for a record suspension after completing all your sentences, namely:

  • All fines, costs, surcharges, restitution, and compensation orders
  • All sentences including conditional sentences, imprisonment, parole, and statutory release
  • Any probation orders

However, you don’t need to wait until a prohibition order expires before you can start counting the waiting period.

After completing all your sentences, with the exception of a prohibition order, you must also complete a waiting period of:

  • 5 years for summary offences or service offences under the National Defence Act
  • 10 years for indictable offences or service offences for which you were detained, imprisoned for over 6 months, or fined more than $5,000
Limits of a Record Suspension

A record suspension:

  • Won’t erase a convicted offence. It simply conceals it from standard background checks.
  • Does not guarantee visa or entry privileges to other countries
  • Belonging to a former sexual offender will be flagged in the CPIC database. This is to ensure that whenever the individual volunteers or applies to work with vulnerable groups (children, the disabled, or the elderly), a vulnerable sector screen will indicate that the individual received a pardon for a sexual offence.

You should also note that a record suspension may not necessarily apply for the rest of your life. Some of the things that can cause a pardon to be revoked or cease to have effect include:

  • A new conviction of an indictable offence or summary offence
  • You are no longer deemed to be of good conduct
  • Discovery that you made a false or misleading statement, or hid information during the application
  • Discovery that you were ineligible for the record suspension when you first made the application

If a pardon or record suspension gets revoked, the record of offences that had been previously concealed are added back into the CPIC database.

Get in Touch with Us Today to Determine Your Eligibility

Anyone who is eligible can apply directly to the PBC—Parole Board of Canada—to get a record suspension. Many people find that they need help completing and submitting their application, which is where we come in.

We are committed to helping individuals who have previously offended and completed their sentences to apply for a criminal record suspension. We help to assess your eligibility and to organize the paperwork needed to apply for a record suspension. Through our process, your application will be completed and submitted to the PBC on your behalf.

Contact our office for more information.

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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