Living in British Columbia means having a lot of personal and professional opportunities available. Our proximity to the Pacific means that marine industries and recreational activities are always nearby. But the huge expanse of natural Pacific forests also makes BC one of the great natural landscapes of the country. Meanwhile, cities like Vancouver and Victoria continue to be nerve centres of West Coast urban living and professional opportunity, so this province has a something to offer to everyone.
But one of the things that can have an impact on both your personal and professional lifestyle in BC is the presence of a criminal record. This isn’t just something that sits buried in your permanent record somewhere; it’s something that can have an influence on the outcome of many different aspects of your life.
The Legacy Of The Past
A criminal record in BC is something that may not always be visible, but it is something that is always publicly accessible. If a local, national or even international police agency requires it, they can access a person’s criminal record at any time. For the public at large, it is also freely accessible; all that’s required is a name, and a willingness to pay an administrative fee to conduct the background check.
What’s on your criminal record is a matter of public record, but it is not a detailed file on your or your life. The only information that is present on a permanent record is the details of an arrest, the filing of charges, the final verdict delivered, and any fines paid or time served as a result of that conviction.
A Shadow On Your Life
Even after time has been served on a jail sentence, and a person has re-joined society, with no intentions of further legal trouble, a criminal record can be a lingering obstacle. People that are looking for jobs, for example, may be informed that they will need to consent to a background check. And while it is illegal for employers to make a hiring decision based on race, religion or gender, it is not illegal for an employer to make a hiring decision based on the presence or absence of a criminal record.
In fact, some employee positions, such as government work, or even vulnerable sector professions such as teaching, legally require a person to not have a criminal record to even be eligible for consideration. Even beyond professional hurdles, a criminal record has personal challenges.
Just driving down to the American border, or going through customs at the airport for a trip to the USA may be impossible if a background check is conducted, and a criminal record is found. Some landlords may even want to conduct background checks on potential tenants before making a selection about who will be allowed to live in a rental home.
Don’t Let The Past Affect Your Future
A criminal record can unexpectedly derail many plans in your life. But a record suspension can get things back on track. A record suspension is a purge of your criminal record from the standard background check. However, it requires a certain amount of time has passed, without further convictions, as well as a few other requirements, before an application and can be submitted and approved.
If you want the best chance of success at getting a record suspension, come to Pardons Canada. We know how to get it done.