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In 2012 the Conservative Government made changes to the pardons laws that made it harder to get a pardon with higher fees and longer eligibility requirements.
Summary offences were changed from a 3 year waiting period to a 5 year waiting period from the end of the punishment.
Indictable offences were changed from a 5 year waiting period to a 10 year waiting period from the end of the punishment.
This is an unreasonable amount of time to wait to receive a pardon considering that most employers in the country are conducting criminal background checks.
Pardons Canada has been active in lobbying the Liberal government to reverse the punitive laws, especially when it comes to fees and waiting periods.