Common QuestionsHow 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.
Good starting points include:
- Criminal Records and Applying for a Record Suspension, a Dial-a-Law script from the Canadian Bar Association. This provides an overview of how to apply for a record suspension.
- the Record Suspension Fact Sheet and Application Guide, from the Parole Board of Canada. This includes a fact sheet on record suspensions and also has the application guide and form available for download.
See our related common questions:
- How can I appeal my conviction or sentence in a criminal case?
- Provincial Court Resources for Everyone: Criminal Court
- See all common questions about crimes & offences
Last reviewed January 2015
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