If you are qualified for a pardon Canada cannot deny you. You have a right to a pardon or record suspension
Changes to Pardons Eligibility
and Application Process
What are the changes?
New waiting periods: Waiting periods do not start until your entire sentence including probation or other conditions have expired
10 years for a personal injury offence (Section 752 of the Criminal Code, including manslaughter), for which a sentence of 2 years or more was imposed for an indictable sexual offence.
5 years for an indictable offence (other than a sexual offence).for a summary sexual offence.
3 years for a summary offence (other than a sexual offence)
Certain applicants will now have to provide additional information that:
Explains why they are applying for a pardon,
Describes what measurable benefit a pardon would provide to them, and
How a pardon would assist them in their rehabilitation into society.
Note: Applicants convicted of summary offences which are not listed in Schedule 1 of the Criminal Records Act, do not need to provide this information.
You may not apply for a pardon until the waiting period expires. The waiting period includes your sentence plus any probation periods. Once these have been served in full, you start the application process.
A pardon application may be accelerated if you have urgent need to have a clear record, such as a job out of the country.
SHOULD YOU APPLY FOR A PARDON RECORD SUSPENSION?
Yes, you absolutely should obtain a pardon once you are eligible. It will affect your future jobs, children, travel and credit.
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