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Note: As of March 13, 2012, the term "pardon" was replaced with "record suspension".

What is a Records Suspension?

Records Suspensions are issued by the Parole Board of Canada under the Criminal Records Act. A record suspension allows people who were convicted of a criminal offence, but have completed their sentence and demonstrated that they are law-abiding citizens fro a prescribed number of years, to have their criminal record kept separate and apart from other criminal records.  A record suspension removes a persons's criminal record from the Canadian Police Information Centre (CPIC) database.  This means that a search of CPIC will not show that the individual has a criminal record or a record suspension.

A Record Suspension may be granted, denied or revoked by the Parole Board of Canada.

How Do I Apply?

Please visit the Parole Board of Canada web site.

Local Police Records Check (Step 4 in the Parole Board of Canada's Guide)

Get a local police records check from the NRPS if you currently reside in the Niagara Region, or if you resided in the Region during the past five years. If you lived outside of the Niagara Region, you will need to get additional local police records checks from each police agency where you lived (in the last five years).  Each local police records check is only valid for twelve months from the date it was issued.

Fees

$ 75 - Local police records check from the NRPS (**this new fee is effective January 2nd, 2018**)

IMPORTANT NOTICE

Payment Policy Adjustment

Effective October 1, 2018

Please be advised that effective October 1, 2018 payment may be made by Debit, Visa or MasterCard.

Cash will no longer be accepted.

$ 25 - RCMP certified copy of criminal record

$ 631 - Parole Board of Canada processing fee

Fingerprinting

A local company is available to provide fingerprint services for applicants to complete the requirement of submission of fingerprints to the RCMP. Please contact Fingerprints Niagara at (289) 213-1183 or visit their web site Fingerprints Niagara for further information.

Determining your eligibility to apply for a record suspension/pardon – British Columbia and Ontario residents

Currently living in B.C. or Ontario and committed most recent offence*...

On or before June 28, 2010:

Your application will be assessed against this Criminal Records Act criteria:

Eligibility criteria: After the expiration of any sentence including imprisonment, probation and the payment of any fine(s), the waiting period is:

  • 5 years – an offence prosecuted by indictment.
  • 3 years – an offence punishable on summary conviction.

Between June 29, 2010 and March 12, 2012:

Your application will be assessed against this Criminal Records Act criteria:

Eligibility criteria: After the expiration of any sentence including imprisonment, probation and the payment of any fine(s), the waiting period is:

  • 10 years – Serious personal injury offence (within the meaning of 752 of the Criminal Code); including manslaughter; an offence for which the applicant was sentenced to a prison term of 2 years or more, and an offence referred to in Schedule 1 that was prosecuted by indictment.
  • 5 years – any other offence prosecuted by indictment and an offence referred to in Schedule 1 that is punishable on summary conviction.
  • 3 years – an offence other than the ones mentioned above, that is punishable on summary conviction.

On or after March 13, 2012:

Your application will be assessed against the current Criminal Records Act criteria:

Eligibility criteria: After the expiration of any sentence including imprisonment, probation and the payment of any fine(s), the waiting period is:

  • 10 years – an offence prosecuted by indictment.
  • 5 years – an offence that is punishable on summary conviction.

A person is ineligible if they:

  • have been convicted of an offence referred to in Schedule 1;
  • have been convicted of more than three offences prosecuted by indictment, each with a sentence of two years or more.

*While the Parole Board of Canada’s (PBC) application forms require information about your conviction date(s), your application will be assessed based on your most recent offence date. If you know the date of your most recent offence, please include it with your application package. If you do not know this date, the PBC will try to find it. If needed, PBC will adjust how your application is processed in order to match the appropriate legislation.

RCMP Purging of criminal records (discharge) (Does not require a record suspension application to the Parole Board of Canada.)

Absolute discharges

  • All absolute discharges received on or after July 24, 1992, are removed from the criminal record after a period of one (1) year from the date of sentence.
  • Absolute discharges received before July 24, 1992, are removed upon written request from the individual.

Conditional discharges

  • All conditional discharges received on or after July 24, 1992, are removed from the criminal record three (3) years following the date of the sentence.
  • Conditional discharges registered before July 24, 1992, are removed upon written request from the      individual.

For further information, and to access the "Request to Purge Absolute and/or Conditional Discharge" form, please visit the RCMP web site.