Having a criminal record can be a huge barrier to employment, especially since most employers in Canada are conducting criminal background checks prior to hiring.
If you are on social assistance or disability pension, you may be able to get funding from your social worker as it is in their best interest to help you get back to work and get out of the system of assistance payments.
Here is an example of a cheque written by ODSP – Ontario Disability Support Program for a person we are helping to obtain a pardon for an old theft conviction so that this person can gain employment in the future.
Also enclosed is a thank you letter written by a person we helped to obtain a pardon, record suspension for a theft conviction over 10 years ago. This conviction has been a barrier to employment as well as the person’s freedom, so once the pardon record suspension was obtained there is a huge sense of relief: