Common Questions

How do I apply for a pardon?

As of March 2012, a pardon is now called a record suspension. A record suspension is a decision by the Parole Board of Canada to keep a person’s criminal record separate from the criminal records of people who have not received a record suspension. If you have a criminal record, and you have finished serving your sentence (penalty) and can show that you now obey the law, you can apply for a record suspension.

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Last reviewed January 2015


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