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Records Suspension (Pardon) Application Service

What is a Record Suspension?

A Record Suspension (formerly called a pardon) is an order that keeps a person's criminal record (of convictions) separate and apart from other criminal records. This means a person’s convictions will not be revealed on criminal record checks. It does not erase a criminal record.

Record suspensions allow people who have made positive life changes to be freed from many of the negative impacts of having a criminal record.


People have the right not to be discriminated against because of a criminal conviction for which they have received a record suspension. The Parole Board of Canada is responsible for granting, denying and revoking record suspensions. If a record suspension is related to a sexual offence, the file will be ‘flagged’ in the RCMP system and will still be revealed on a vulnerable sector check.


Am I eligible?

As of 2012, you are no longer eligible for a record suspension if you have been convicted of:

  • a Schedule 1 Offence (sexual offence involving a child) under the Criminal Records Act;
  • more than three (3) offences prosecuted by indictment each with a prison sentence of two (2) years or more.

You can apply for a pardon only if you meet all 3 of the following conditions. There are no exceptions.

  1. You have completed your sentence, meaning you completed paying any fines, surcharges, compensation and restitution orders, completed any probation orders or conditional sentence, and served all of your sentence including parole/ statutory release
  2. You have met the required wait times:

  • 5 years for a summary offence (or a service offence under the National Defence Act)
  • 10 years for an indictable offence (or a service offence under the National Defence Act for which you were fined more than $5,000, detained or imprisoned for more than 6 months).

                3. You have been of ‘good conduct,’ have not been convicted of any new offences, and have no new charges.


Once submitted the Parole Board of Canada will generally make a decision about your application within 6 months for summary offences, and within 12 months for indictable offences.

If you meet all of the above criteria The John Howard Society of Brandon will assist in the accurate completion of all forms, ensure the required supporting documentation is submitted and help you get the best possible outcome.

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