The Canadian government has recently passed a law to allow pardons for a single pot possession conviction to be expedited and no cost for approval.
This law does NOT apply to individuals who have more than one offence. A person with a single pot possession conviction must still make a full application with the Parole Board in order to get the pardon approved. The application process is a twelve step process which is still required for all applicants.
Once a pardon is granted, the person will have a clear criminal background check and be safe for travel, employment and volunteer purposes.
Many people with pot convictions are particularly concerned about being denied entry at the US border. The US border services continues to have zero tolerance for people with criminal records involving drugs and they will deny you entry if they choose to do a criminal background check. No matter how old or how small the pot offence was, you will get denied.
Once you have been denied entry at the US border due to a pot conviction or any other conviction for that matter, you will require a US Entry Waiver to return to the US. This application also known as I-194 is complicated and expensive and will only be valid for 1-5 years at which point a new application is required.
Pardons Canada has been helping Canadians for over 30 years to obtain pardons, record suspensions and US Entry Waivers.
Here is a recent article in CBC explaining the new change in law for pot pardons featuring the Director at Pardons Canada: