A Pardon/ Record suspension application 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.
The Parole Board of Canada (PBC) is the official and only federal agency responsible for ordering, denying and revoking record suspensions for convictions under federal acts or regulations of Canada.
Criminal charges are not removed without a granted Recorded suspension application. We can help you integrate back into society and put your criminal record behind you. Without removing your criminal record you can face problems in the following:
- Trouble finding or keeping employment
- Unable to travel internationally
- Unable to obtain your citizenship
- Denied custody of your children
- Denied participation in community or schooling events for yourself or your children
- Higher insurance rates
- Apartment rental difficulties