Most employers in Canada today conduct criminal background checks when hiring a new employee.
Regardless of how old your criminal offence is, it will show up on a criminal background check. Oftentimes when this happens you will be denied the job because there are many other qualified candidates that don’t have a criminal record. No matter how much the potential employer likes you, it is unlikely they will hire you if your criminal background check comes back positive.
Even if you have been fingerprinted by the police and the charges were later dismissed, stayed, withdrawn or discharged, it could still show up on a background check and prevent you from getting employment.
Once a pardon, record suspension or file destruction is completed, you will be safe to get whatever work you want as your name will no longer show up on a criminal check.
The following testimonial from a person we helped to obtain a pardon for a petty theft conviction attests to the power of the pardon and how it gives the person a whole new freedom in their life to obtain whatever work they want:
To whom it may concern. I am complying with your request to supply documentation as to how receiving a Pardon has impacted my life. I have experienced freedom in two large areas of my life. First, I have gone back to school and am now applying for jobs in this new field. It gives me great pleasure to be able to honestly answer the questions regarding criminal activity. It also gives me a better chance at acquiring any of these jobs as the market is quite competitive. Secondly, I have a sister who lives in Michigan. Her husband was diagnosed with cancer a few years ago. Because of my criminal record I have been unable to visit and support them as much as I can now with this Pardon. I express many thanks to Pardons Canada for the transparency it has given me with this Pardon.