Can You Leave Canada with a Criminal Record?

For many people, having a criminal record goes far beyond just the shame of knowing you’ve been convicted of a criminal offence and the fear of someone finding out. The repercussions can extend into the workplace, your ability to be a volunteer, and your ability to travel. Whether it is for work or for pleasure,…

How to Get Rid of a Criminal Record in Canada

No one sets out in life with the hope of having a criminal record, but sometimes these things happen. It may be because of one poor decision, a temporary lapse in judgement, or falling in with the wrong crowd, but if the end result is a criminal record, your only thought should be how to…

If the Charges Were Dropped Is It Still on Your Record?

Being arrested can be one of the most stressful situations a person can go through. Not only is it embarrassing, but it can lead to a range of consequences at work, and in your personal life. Of course, not every arrest ends in a conviction. Sometimes, the initial charges are dropped, and there is no…

Pardons Canada – I have a criminal record, Can I come to Canada?

www.pardons.org Americans or travelers from other countries can get turned away at the Canadian border if they have a criminal record. Pardons Canada helps Americans who have a criminal record to obtain a criminal rehabilitation waiver so that they are safe to cross the Canadian border without the worry of being denied entry. Here is…

Can You Get a NEXUS Card with a Criminal Record?

A NEXUS card is an electronically equipped piece of ID designed to speed up border crossings from Canada to the U.S. and vice versa. The program is jointly run by the Canada Border Services Agency and U.S. Customs and Border Protection. Members of the NEXUS program typically avoid the long waits that can frequently occur…

How Long Does a Peace Bond Stay on Your Record?

Peace bonds are protection orders created by the court under section 810 of the Criminal Code. Typically, peace bonds are used if the authorities feel someone is likely to commit a criminal offence, yet there are no reasonable grounds to believe that an offence has been committed. Essentially, a peace bond is a promise not…

How Long Does it Take to get a Pardon in Ontario?

A Pardon (now called a Record Suspension) allows you to be free of the stigma involved with having your past mistakes hinder your chances at an ordinary life. With a Record Suspension in Ontario, your convictions will not be revealed on a criminal record check. A Record Suspension does not erase a criminal record but…

Pardons Canada – Public Consultation to Amend Pardons Laws

Please click on the link below to respond to the government survey about possible changes to the pardons laws. In 2012 the Conservative Government made changes to the pardons laws that made it harder to get a pardon with higher fees and longer eligibility requirements. Summary offences were changed from a 3 year waiting period…