Visitor: I am writing you in regards to getting a pardon.
I have commited a crime that I am not proud of this was at a time of my life when there was a lot going on and i was under influence of alcohol.
I was apprehended in march of 2012 and plead guilty sept 6 2012 for theft over $5000 and dangerous weapons.
I got out of jail in 2016 January 4th.
I was on parole until Sept 2017.
I received letters of support in regards to my daughter when i was in court.
I never broke any conditions and respected them all.
Never got in trouble while on parole.
Now i want a better job but i cant due to my criminal record as it seems like every employer is conducting criminal background checks, even Walmart.
I want a house and it seems like landlords are also doing criminal checks. I also want to visit my cousins in Las Vegas but can’t travel their due to the criminal record.
So i am ready to start the process but is it too soon?
Pardons Canada: Theft over $5000 is an indictable offence so the eligibility for a pardon is ten years from the end of your punishment. In your case however, since you were arrested before March of 2012 you are eligible under the old rules and therefore your eligibility is five years from the end of your punishment. The Canadian government changed the rules on pardons in March 2012 making eligibility times longer and fees more expensive and changing the name of a pardon to a record suspension.