The process to have your record expunged in Canada is known as a record suspension. It is often referred to as a pardon. A record suspension keeps the judicial record of your conviction(s) separate and apart from other criminal records the police have on file. This removes all information about your conviction(s) from the Canadian Police Information Centre (CPIC) database and means that your conviction(s) will not show up on a regular criminal record check. Your criminal record is not erased but is kept separate and apart from other criminal records. Depending on the nature of your offence, your conviction could still show up on a vulnerable persons record check.
Record suspensions can be obtained for many Criminal Code of Canada offences. The eligibility and wait time for a record suspension depends on the offence committed and the type and length of sentence you received. Receiving a record suspension could be helpful for anyone seeking employment or education opportunities requiring a clean record check.
You do not need a lawyer to apply for a record suspension. However, it is a long and complicated process. We can help you submit your application. If you wish to apply for a record suspension, contact us to book a consultation.