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A criminal record will negatively affect your ability to travel or find a new job or get a promotion, rent an apartment and much more.
Getting a Job
Many employers are now conducting police clearance searches before hiring. By signing an application form or an employment agreement, you may be giving your employer permission to conduct a criminal record search. A record will hinder your chances to gain employment.
Understand this: Police records and files on you will never be erased. Records of every contact with you, every complaint by a neighbour, arrest, charge, acquittal, stay, discharge, diversion and conviction are kept permanently by the police regardless of the outcome.
These records will be shared with other police departments and authorities and are not sealed by a pardon or record suspension.
Think of police records as their business records. They need to keep track of their dealings with the public.
You may need a criminal record check for various purposes, including: employment, adoption, international travel, volunteer work, citizenship, name change, student placement or to obtain a record suspension (formerly pardon).
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Lay Person's Guide To The Canadian Criminal Prosecution Process
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