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Record Suspensions (Pardons)

FingerCHECK PLUS offers a simple and affordable service for applicants. We offer a cost-effective service with no hidden fees.

We offer digital fingerprinting service to provide an expedited return of documentation required to start the process. With pardon services from FingerCHECK PLUS receive:

Friendly, professional, and knowledgeable staff to help you;Quality service with the latest digital technology for reliable & rapid capture of fingerprints required for processing.

If you have completed your sentence and paid any fines you can proceed with applying for a record suspension after 5 years for summary, conviction offences and 10 years for indicatable offences.

Contact us today for a consultation.For your application we will:

Collect the necessary personal information for your application. Complete all necessary background checks including fingerprints to obtain your criminal record, court information, local police records, relevant citizenship documents and military conduct sheets.Complete all the paperworkFile the application with the Parole Board of Canada.

Our familiarity with the process will ensure all the documents required are obtained in a timely manner and that your case is processed expeditiously.

We will keep you informed at each stage of the process.

All information we receive is completely confidential.

Why should I seek a Record Suspension?

A record suspension removes any record of your past offences from appearing in a criminal record check.

Advantages to obtaining a record suspension:

A record suspension seals your criminal record from public and government access unless you explicitly authorize its release. You can answer "NO" when asked if you have a criminal record.

What is a Record Suspension?

Anyone who is convicted of a criminal offence in Canada has a criminal record. A record suspension allows people who were convicted of a criminal offence, and who have completed their sentence to have their criminal record removed and kept separate from other criminal records. Any search of the Canadian Police Information Centre (CPIC) database will not show that you had a criminal record.

Are Record Suspensions issued automatically?

No. Record Suspensions are not issued automatically. To remove a criminal record, an application must be made under the Criminal Records Act (CRA) to the Parole Board of Canada (PBC).

Post 1992 Absolute or Conditional discharges

These will automatically be removed from the CPIC database after 1 year for an absolute discharge or 3 years for a conditional discharge after the court decision. A person does not need to apply for a record suspension if his/her criminal record consists only of an absolute or conditional discharge. For discharges, before July 24, 1992, we can assist you to remove the discharge from your record.

Who is eligible for a Record Suspension?

For summary offences you are eligible for a record suspension 5 years after you have completed your sentence for your offence(s). For indictable offences you are eligible for a record suspension 10 years after you have completed your sentence for your offence(s).

How long will it take to obtain a Record Suspension?

How quickly you receive a record suspension is dependent on the Parole Board of Canada, which grants record suspension. There is no standard processing time.

Pardons - $795 + government fees

Fingerprints - $75

RCMP Certificate - $75

Court Conviction Records - starts at $20 per conviction

Local Police Records Check - $50

Commission of Oaths - $35

Photographs (2 copies) - $12

All fees are plus GST.


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Latest News

Government introduces legislation to eliminate pardons for serious crimes

Ottawa, May 11, 2010 — The Honourable Vic Toews, Minister of Public Safety, and the Honourable Pierre-Hugues Boisvenu, Senator, today announced legislation to eliminate pardons for serious crimes.

“The current system of pardons implies that what the person did is somehow okay, or is forgiven, or that the harm done has somehow disappeared,” said Minister Toews. “Our government disagrees, and is on the side of victims. That is why we are taking action to replace the current system and eliminate pardons for serious crimes.”

Under the current system “pardons” are granted almost automatically. The new system would allow a “record suspension” in more limited circumstances – much more limited, in cases of serious crime – and it would make a record suspension impossible for anyone convicted of a sex offence against a child.

The proposed legislation would:

■eliminate “pardons” and replace with a more restrictive and narrowly worded “record suspension”;

■make those convicted of sexual offences against minors ineligible for a record suspension;

■make those who have been convicted of more than three indictable offences ineligible for a record suspension; and

■increase the period of ineligibility for a record suspension – to five years for summary conviction offences, and to ten years for indictable offences.

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