This online version of a book produced by the John Howard Society of Alberta outlines the pardon application process. It also answers 20 frequently asked questions about pardons.
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Criminal records and record suspensions
A record suspension (formerly known as 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.A record suspension removes a person's criminal record 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 a record suspension. This helps them access employment and educational opportunities and to reintegrate into society.
The Association in Defence of the Wrongly Convicted is a Canadian, non-profit organization dedicated to identifying, advocating for, and exonerating individuals convicted of a crime that they did not commit and to preventing such injustices in the future through legal education and justice system reform. On this site you can read about past cases and learn about the reasons behind wrongful convictions.
This website section from the RCMP explains the process for getting a criminal record check. You may need a criminal record check for various purposes, including: employment, adoption, international travel, volunteer work, citizenship, name change, student placement or to obtain a record suspension (formerly pardon).
The John Howard Society is a network of offices across Canada and the Northwest Territories committed to "effective, just and humane responses to the causes and consequences of crime." They work with people who have come into conflict with the law, advocate for changes in the criminal justice process, engage in public education on matters relating to criminal law and promote crime prevention through community and social development activities. The website provides access to information about the services in each province.
The National Pardon Centre is a federal non-profit organization which assists individuals with applications for Canadian pardons and US entry waivers. A Canadian pardon, also known as a record suspension, will get your life back on track and a US waiver will open up the border and let you travel.
Pardons Canada is a non-profit organization which assists individuals in removing a past criminal offence from public record. They also assist in obtaining U.S. Entry Waivers. Support and information is provided by telephone, on the website, and in-person at a walk-in centre in Toronto.
This fact sheet from the Parole Board of Canada explains the process for getting a record suspension (formerly known as a pardon). A record suspension allows people who were convicted of a criminal offence, but have completed their sentence and demonstrated they are law-abiding citizens, to have their criminal record kept separate and apart from other criminal records. A record suspension removes a person's criminal record from the Canadian Police Information Centre 9CPIC) database. This measns that a search of CPIC will not show that you have a criminal record or a record suspension.This site provides links to video tutorials, helpful tips on how to avoid common mistakes when applying, application guides and forms which includs step by step detailed instructions on how to comple the forms. In addition, you can access the Record Suspension Self-Assessment Tool . The tool is designed tol help you find out if you are eligible (or need) to apply.
This Department of Justice Canada resource outlines the different rules that apply to youth records. It discusses issues such as when the record will be destroyed, who has access to the file, the impact it may have on work and travel and information about getting a pardon. There is also a chart outlining when, or if, the record will be destroyed. Also may be downloaded as a PDF.