Some Useful Tips to Remember

From: Parole Board of Canada

Make sure that you follow the steps in the Cannabis Record Suspension Application Guide and complete the checklist at the back of the Guide before submitting your application.

Applications that are incomplete or missing information will lead to your application being returned to you and/or delay its processing.  

The following are the most common mistakes made by applicants when submitting a record suspension application.

Useful Tips

  • Not eligible to apply

    Before submitting an application, applicants are strongly encouraged to make sure that they are eligible to apply for a Cannabis Record Suspension.

  • Criminal Record is missing convictions

    Once you receive your Criminal Record from the RCMP, check it carefully to make sure that all of your cannabis convictions are on it. If any convictions are missing, you must get a Proof of Conviction for each missing conviction. See Step 1 in the PBC Cannabis Record Suspension Application Guide.

  • Missing court information for conviction(s)

    For simple possession of cannabis convictions, court records are not required if you only received a fine and your criminal record or your Local Police Records Check confirms that you were convicted for simple possession of cannabis only.

    If this is not the case, you must get court information for each of your convictions. See Step 2 in the PBC Cannabis Record Suspension Application Guide.

  • Missing required form(s) and/or documentation

    Make sure that you fill in all required forms and get all of your required documentation. If your application is missing any information, required forms, or documentation, it will be returned to you, which will delay its processing.

    Make sure that you complete all steps in the PBC Cannabis Record Suspension Application Guide and that you complete the checklist at the back of it.

  • Missing name and/or signature on official forms (both sides)

    If your signature is missing on the application form and other forms (example: court forms, local police records check forms) your application will be returned to you as incomplete, which will delay its processing. Note that most forms require that you sign your name on both sides of the form. If you are attaching additional pages to a form, you should print and sign your name on each additional page that you attach.

  • Missing official stamps and signatures on forms

    Forms and other official documents that are missing official stamps or signatures (example: application form, court forms, local police records checks) will result in your application being returned to you as incomplete, which will delay its processing.

  • No forwarding address provided

    The Parole Board of Canada must be able to contact you. If the Board cannot contact you directly, your application may not be processed.

    If you move while your application is being processed, make sure that you send the Board a letter with your updated mailing address, your name, your application personal reference number, your new mailing address, and your signature.

  • Proof of identity is not legible

    The photocopy of your proof of identification must be legible. If the Board cannot read your proof of identification, your application will be returned to you as incomplete.

  • Not answering questions truthfully and/or completely

    You must answer all questions truthfully and completely.

    Concealing information or making false or deceptive statements will result in your application being returned or your record suspension being revoked or ceasing to have effect at a later date.

  • Not providing original documents

    Enclose original documents only (with the exception of your ID) with original signatures and official seals or stamps. If you do not do this, your application will be returned to you as incomplete, which will delay its processing.

  • Not making photocopies of documents

    Before you submit your application, make copies of your official documents and forms for your own records, in case you need to refer to them later.

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