Your record is created when you have been found guilty of committing any criminal offence under laws such as the Criminal Code and the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act.
A criminal record is a permanent entry in a register administered by the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP).
Your criminal record lists your identity, charges against you, convictions, fingerprints, DNA, and more. It is accessible by police, border guards and others.
Click here to see the actual Criminal Records Act which is the governing law concerning your record, a pardon or record suspension. Know the rules in the game before you play.
Your criminal record is kept till you would be 150 years old, regardless of whether you are dead or alive.
Those companies charge hundreds of dollars to fill in the forms. You still have to run around, get finger prints, collect copies of court documents and other records. By the time you do all that you may as well fill in the forms yourself and mail them in.
Here is a quote from the Criminal Records Act
2.3 A record suspension
(a) is evidence of the fact that
(i) the Board, after making inquiries, was satisfied that the applicant was of good conduct, and
(ii) the conviction in respect of which the record suspension is ordered should no longer reflect adversely on the applicant’s character; and
(b) unless the record suspension is subsequently revoked or ceases to have effect,
requires that the judicial record of the conviction be kept separate and apart from other criminal records and
removes any disqualification or obligation to which the applicant is, by reason of the conviction, subject under any Act of Parliament
other than section 109, 110, 161, 259, 490.012, 490.019 or 490.02901 of the Criminal Code, subsection 147.1(1) or section 227.01 or 227.06 of the National Defence Act or section 36.1 of the International Transfer of Offenders Act.