Common Questions

Doesn’t a youth record go away after a few years?

A youth record is a record of a young person's involvement in Canada's youth justice system. The time a youth record lasts depends on several factors, including how serious the offence was, the outcome of the case, and whether the young person commits another offence while their record is open.

Good starting points include:

  • Information About Youth Records, from Canada's Department of Justice, provides information about what a youth record is, whether it is destroyed when a youth becomes an adult, who has access, how it may affect travel and employment, and more.
  • Consequences of a Youth Record, from the People's Law School, describes the types of youth records, how long they last, what happens when a youth turns 18, and issues such as employment and crossing the border.
  • LSLAP Manual: Youth Justice, from the UBC Law Students' Legal Advice Program, explains who may keep youth records and who may access them. See the discussion "Records: Access and Disclosure" in the section "Federal Youth Criminal Justice Act."

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Last reviewed December 2016
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