Why does not paying fines affect my eligibility?

The fine is a part of the sentence. The sentence must be completed to become eligible for the Pardon/Record Suspension. Please note that outstanding traffic, civil or family court fines will affect your eligibility.

What is my eligibility?

Once we have received your RCMP report and have gathered all the necessary court documents we will be able to confirm your eligibility for a Pardon/Record Suspension.


For more information pertaining to your specific eligibility, please click here.

Why so long? Can I speed up the process?

It takes time for the RCMP, courts, local police, PBC and other government agencies to process the necessary documents for your application. If we find that these agencies are taking longer than expected, we have a complex tracking system to follow up with requested documents.

How long does the process take?

Depending on how quickly we receive requested documents from the RCMP, courts, local police and the Parole Board of Canada (PBC), the process to prepare your file takes approx. 10-24 months. Please remember that your file can only be submitted to the PBC once you have reached your statutory eligibility date.

Once a Pardon is granted, who can see that a criminal record existed?

All information pertaining to convictions will be taken out of the Canadian Police Information Centre (CPIC) and may not be disclosed without permission from the Minister of Public Safety Canada. This applies only to records kept within federal departments and agencies. However, many of the provincial and municipal law enforcement agencies cooperate by restricting access…