What is the difference between a Canadian Pardon and Record Suspension?

In March of 2012, the Canadian government passed the Safe Streets and Communities Act. In this Act, some amendments were made to Criminal Records Act. One of these changes resulted in a Canadian Pardon receiving new terminology as a Record Suspension. It is the same thing as a Pardon however.



Why do I need a Canadian Pardon/Record Suspension?

A Canadian Pardon/Record Suspension removes your criminal record information from the Canadian Police Information System (CPIC) which will be extremely beneficial to your life. It removes obstacles you may face when applying for schools, jobs,volunteer positions, rental agreements, adoption, child custody, and mortgage approval to name a few. It can also remove obstacles you may face when travelling or applying for Canadian Permanent Resident Status or Canadian Citizenship. It will also provide you with peace of mind.



How much does a Canadian Pardon/Record Suspension cost?

The Parole Board of Canada requires a $631.00 CAD application fee. Please call 1-855-7-WAIVER for a no obligation application preparation quote. Payment plans are available upon request.



When can I apply for a Canadian Pardon/Record Suspension?

One must wait 5 years after a summary conviction and 10 years after an indictable conviction in order to apply for a Canadian Pardon/Record Suspension. The waiting period does not start until one fully satisfies the sentence imposed by the court, be it time served or fine paid.



What is the difference between a summary and indictable conviction?

A summary offence covers the offences which are considered less serious and can be proceeded with summarily, without the right to a jury trial. The maximum sentence for summary offences is 6 months imprisonment and/or $5000 fine. An indictable offence is anything considered more serious and the accused has the right to a trial by jury.



How long does it take to get a Canadian Pardon/Record Suspension?

Canadian Pardon/Record Suspension file process times can take anywhere from 3-12 months, depending on the circumstances and amount/type of documentation that must be collected. Once the application has been submitted to the Parole Board of Canada, the wait time is typically 6-12 months for summary convictions and could take up to 24 months for indictable convictions.



What happens if I receive a new charge after I have obtained a Canadian Pardon/Record Suspension?

Your Canadian Pardon/Record Suspension can be revoked if you receive new charges after having received it.



Do I need a Canadian Pardon/Record Suspension if my charges were withdrawn, stayed, dismissed, or I was acquitted?

If you received charges but were not found guilty or convicted, you may not need a Canadian Pardon/Record Suspension. However, these charges can still be revealed in criminal record searches. These records can be destroyed and we can assist you in having this done. Call us at 1-855-7-WAIVER for more details.

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