Halifax Pardons, Record Suspensions & File Destructions

Halifax is one of the great hidden gems of Canada. With its vibrant, growing economy and strong impact on Canadian history and culture, the capital of Nova Scotia has a lot going for it. If you’re one of many who have decided to make the most of what this city has to offer, you need to take advantage of employment opportunities. 

While there may be plenty of positions that initially seem open to you, there’s one major barrier that can put a dent in your success. It’s not about your experience or your ability; it’s the presence of a criminal conviction or even a criminal charge that was dismissed, withdrawn, peace bond, absolute discharge or conditional discharge. Pardons Canada is a non-profit organization that can help you get a record suspension in Halifax.

We are the leading authority in helping Canadians remove past criminal offences from the public record. As a national non-profit organization, we have helped thousands of people with record suspension, U.S. entry waivers and file destruction.

Record Suspension in Halifax

A criminal record can have a major impact on many professional and personal prospects, but a record suspension or pardon can fix this. Under normal circumstances, if you are convicted of a crime, that conviction will go into the Canadian Police Information Centre database. Record suspensions, formerly known as “pardons,” can close this conviction from public view.

Every Canadian citizen has the legal right to conduct background checks on another individual if they are willing to pay the fee. This background check does not violate a person’s privacy, all it can publicly disclose is whether there is a criminal conviction in that person’s record, and what the nature of the conviction is. A record suspension can clear you from even a background check with America’s Customs & Border Patrol (CBP) if you’ve never had a background check with them before.

U.S. Entry Waivers in Halifax

Travelling to the United States is just a matter of having a passport present for most Canadians. However, the CBP has the legal privilege of conducting background checks on anyone they like. If they find a criminal conviction present, they can deny you from boarding a plane or driving across the border.

You can easily pass through if you have no criminal conviction or have had a record suspension before such a background check. However, even a criminal conviction found before a record suspension can get you banned from the United States. Only a U.S. entry waiver will get you the legal passage you want back into the country. U.S. entry waivers, also known as I-192s or I-194s, require a lot of documentation, but Pardons Canada has over 3 decades of expertise in helping Canadians cross the border legally.

File Destruction in Halifax

Background checks will find more than just criminal convictions. Even if you went to trial and were found not guilty, the charges were withdrawn or the case dismissed, your record is not entirely “clean.” A background check can still pull up the presence of the arrest, fingerprinting, and the charges filed against you, even if a conviction wasn’t handed down. 

A file destruction in Halifax can clean up the last remaining documentation of a police encounter and clear your record. You only need to wait an appropriate amount of time after the case has been settled to get this action underway.

Not Sure What You Need?

Understanding your criminal record and deciding on the right steps to take can be daunting. Pardons Canada is here in Halifax to offer expert guidance and tailored solutions for your unique situation. If you’re unsure which service is right for you, don’t worry. Visit the link below to learn more about how we can help and find the best path forward.

Why Choose Pardons Canada in Halifax?

Any procedure to fix or clear your record, from file destructions to pardons in Halifax, is an involved process. It will take time, will require you to fill out and provide certain types of documentation, and must be processed and approved by appropriate authorities. If you want the best possible chance of your application going through quickly and successfully, so you can live in Halifax with peace of mind, we can help.

Decades of Experience in Halifax

With over 30 years of expertise, Pardons Canada is a leading authority in Halifax for navigating criminal records and securing pardons. Our in-depth knowledge of the local legal landscape helps us provide the best support possible.

Personalized Services

Each case is unique, which is why we offer services for file destruction, U.S. entry waivers, and pardons in Halifax designed to address your specific needs and circumstances.

End-to-End Support

From our first consultation to the final resolution of your file, we offer a smooth and successful application process. Our team provides guidance and support every step of the way. 

Focused on Your Success

We are committed to achieving the best possible outcomes for our clients in Halifax. Our goal is to help you move past your criminal record and embrace new opportunities with your best foot forward.

Transparent Process and Clear Communication

Our approach is built on transparency and clear communication. We keep you well-informed throughout the entire process, from before the application to after the approval, so you know exactly what to expect and when to expect it.

Free Initial Consultation

Start your journey toward a fresh start in Halifax with a free, no-obligation consultation. We’ll assess your situation, explore your options, and provide clear insights into your potential paths forward.

What Our Clients Have to Say

We are proud to have had a positive impact on the lives of so many Canadians over the years. Read the words of some of the clients who we have helped move past the shadow of their criminal record.

  • Dear Pardons Canada,

    I am writing this letter to your company, the staff and the entire organization to express my deepest gratitude for your assistance in obtaining a pardon. I am so thankful and so grateful that I am free of the past burdens and stigmas, and now I have been given a new chance to excel and be the best version I can be in our society. I am so confident now that I can build a better life for me and my family, and further advance myself to be the best person I can be for myself and for everyone and everything. Thank you so very much. This means so much to me. I have been wanting and needing this for so long. How amazing it was on Christmas day, I opened the letter for the first time to read the good news; truly the best gift.

    I give so much thanks to the Parole Board for making this wish come true. So much thanks to Pardons Canada; special thanks for the assistance from Andrew, for being there from beginning to end; special thanks to Michelle for helping me gain the confidence to write a letter by assuring me everything will be alright; and special thanks to Jessica for the assistance and ensuring the completion of the final steps be done accordingly. I thank the entire team so very much for helping me see a brighter future and helping me gain the utmost confidence that I will succeed. All the best to you all.


    Thank you all so very very very much!!!

    Yours truly,

    Z. D.

  • First off, I would like to thank the PBC for granting me a Record Suspensions for driving with more than 80 mgs of alcohol. I appreciate the confidence the board has shown me by granting me the suspension. Having a criminal record weighed heavy on my personal life, as you live with the thought you let your loved ones down every day by your poor choices. Living with shame and guilt every day is very trying on the heart and soul.

    Being granted my suspension will allow me to feel like a part of society again. The removal allows me to look forward to getting a passport and start enjoying life like it is supposed to be in my retirement years. Travelling with family and friends without missing out on life.

    Sincerely with thanks,


  • Thank you for helping me to get my pardon for a very foolish mistake from years ago. It is a relief to have it taken care of and that I no longer have to worry about it. I haven’t had the opportunity yet to “try it out” but I am very sure that it will make life a lot easier knowing that it is not hanging over my head.

    The process was so easy and fast, it only took a little over a year, with hardly any work on my part after the initial application forms to fill out, fingerprints to be taken etc. It was worth every penny I spent including the couple of extras of getting copies of the police report and getting the fingerprinting done. I appreciate how easy and discreet it was done with not judgement or accusations for the past mistakes. Thank you again.

  • I am writing this letter to say big thanks to PARDONS CANADA to relieve me from the burden that I was carrying since 8 years. My life was not moving at the speed, as I wanted it to be.

    I appreciate the step-by-step instructions provided by PARDONS CANADA. They were really helpful in removing my record. I was so happy when I got it in the mail, as I was not expecting to get it soon. I can move on with my life and pursue new goals and dreams with dignity and respect.

    Possession of Narcotics for the purpose of Trafficking
  • This letter is to inform you how wonderful it now feels to be unburdened after having pardoned granted. I am so relieved and happy to be free of a criminal record. I am now able to visit family in the U.S that I have not seen for years. I can now pursue any employment goals. I am so happy and more confident now to pursue any dreams that I have. I think more positively now and am enjoying this new freedom.

    I will continue to be a productive member of society and in my community. I will continue to help people in my community and inform people who need a pardon to connect with Pardons Canada. I am forever grateful for getting another chance and am more educated now about the law. I want to thank all the Pardons Canada staff for all their help and support during the pardon process.

    Obstruction of Justice
  • I am writing to thank you for helping me get my pardon. When the parole board attempted to refuse my request your wonderful staff member, Jessica immediately contacted me to organize a response. The pardon was granted within weeks because of her advice.

    I would certainly recommend Pardons Canada to anyone who needs this type of service. You have been instrumental in me taking this important and final step in rebuilding my life.

    I thank you for your services and for helping me reach this life-changing objective.

    Theft over $5000
  • It is with great pride and liberation that I write you this short note to thank you for your consideration and resulting pardon of my suspension. It could not have come at a better time as I had just returned from the hospital and it lifted a great weight off my personal life. It has made my immediate family very happy as well.

    I look forward to traveling with my family and my “newly granted freedom” which I lost as result of my own bad judgments in the past. Although at my age it will be limited to how much I shall travel, it will allow me to be at peace in my remaining years as a citizen of this great country of Canada.

    Again, I would like to take this opportunity to give you my heartfelt thanks and appreciation for this most precious of grants.

    Driving While Impaired
  • Just a quick testimonial to share how liberated I feel to have been granted a criminal records pardon. I can now apply for jobs that I was previously disqualified from due to my criminal history, despite the fact I was more qualified for on both academic levels and experience. I can apply for my passport and take vacations in destinations that I would have previously been denied entry. After a decade of living my life as a law abiding citizen I feel I can now hold my head high having had The Parole Board of Canada recognize that achievement and granting me a pardon.

    Having had a lengthy criminal history spanning nearly a quarter of a century applying for a pardon without the assistance of Pardons Canada would have been too overwhelming and daunting of a task. In fact, Pardons Canada was an intricate part of first guiding me through the steps of preparing my file for presentation to The Parole Board and then later being my liaison with the Parole Board when they were requesting additional information before rendering their decisions. I definitely feel Pardons Canada was an intricate part of my positive outcome and would like to thank all involved with my file. Thank you all very much!

    Assault causing bodily harm
  • I am so thankful to you all, who put out their effort to help me with my pardons, I am so grateful. I really don’t know why I put myself in that problem that I never did before and I am so sorry about that and I would never make that mistake again. Now I am very glad everything is over and I can go on with my life and everything is O.K. the only thing I want to go the state to look for my grand kids and I am so afraid to travel because I don’t want them to turn me back. I want to come back to Canada to look for my family but I am so scared, I don’t know what to do. So, thanks to everyone and may god bless you all. I don’t have a computer to type this letter so, please forgive me; this is the only picture I have at the moment.

    Assault with a Weapon
  • Dear Sir,

    I would like to thank you for the excellent service. For almost 2 years I am finally doing well now in my life because you have helped me removed my criminal record. Again, thank you so much for your help. I highly appreciate the assistance you provided.

    Uttering Threats
  • I would like to thank Pardons Canada for the great work you did on my case. My actions not only affected myself but also my family and friends in the United States who are very grateful for this second chance. Young people sometimes make mistakes and the important thing is to learn from them. This experience has made me realize that must think before we act.

    I feel that Pardons Canada has given me back my life and I will truly make the most of this great opportunity. Having access to a service like Pardons Canada has changed my life and I will be forever grateful.

    Break and Enter
  • This process has provided me with a clear start and now allows me to never worry about any past mistakes. The opportunities for me are endless and this now secures those opportunities.

    My experience with your organization has been very rewarding as I was always concerned about how I can get my photographs and fingerprints destroyed. Your staff has been great in communicating concerns and at times where there was a delay, they took the initiative and followed-up with the rightful police department.

    Once again, thank you for assisting me with this process and kindly destroy my file.

    Obstruction of Justice

FAQs About Pardons in Halifax

Looking for more information about pardons and record suspensions in Halifax? Here are some answers to frequently asked questions and more can be found on our FAQ page.

What is a record suspension, and how is it different from a pardon?

A record suspension was formerly known as a pardon in Canada and is a legal process that removes a person’s criminal record from public databases. The two terms are used interchangeably but refer to the same thing.

How do I know if I’m eligible for a record suspension in Halifax?

Eligibility for a record suspension in Halifax depends on factors like the type of offence and the time since the completion of your sentence. Pardons Canada can help assess your eligibility during our free consultation.

How long does it take to get a record suspension in Halifax?

The processing time for a record suspension varies but typically takes several months to a year or more. Our team will provide support throughout the process to ensure the quickest resolution possible.

Contact Pardons Canada in Halifax

Ready to clear your record and embrace new opportunities in Halifax? Contact Pardons Canada today for expert guidance and personalized support. Don’t let your past hold you back—reach out now and take the next step toward a brighter future.