One of the steps in applying for a Pardon is to obtain an RCMP file which highlights your convictions. This process is necessary for completing the pardon application.
If you have been charged but not convicted ie conditional or absolute discharge, stayed, peace bond, withdrawn, dismissed, then your information will still show up on a criminal background check and you will be red flagged.
In the past, RCMP files have been taking about 3 months, however, due to changes in legislation and new rules pertaining to criminal checks for jobs and volunteer positions, the wait times can now take as long at 9 months.
The RCMP has stated that it is now processing more than 15,000 criminal record searches every month. As a result, they do not have enough resources to keep up with the demand and delays have resulted.
These delays for RCMP files have not only affected Pardon applications but also US Waiver applications and anyone who is needing to pass a criminal check for a job.
The following article titled “Actor sues RCMP for prematurely ending dream of Romanian Porn Empire” highlights the current delays in RCMP criminal background checks.
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