What is it?

  • Individuals who have been convicted of a criminal offence and have completed their sentence successfully portraying that they are law-abiding individuals may be eligible for a pardon.
  • A record suspension keeps the person’s criminal record out of the Canadian police information Centre (CPIC) database after which the individual’s criminal record will not be visible in the system.


  • The Parole Board of Canada is responsible for ordering, rejecting, and cancelling record suspensions for any crimes convicted.
  • Depending on your offense, the wait period is usually from 5-10 years which starts after you have completed your sentence successfully. Once you have provided proper documents you may be granted a pardon.