Applying for a Record Suspension
Due to the COVID-19 situation, the Parole Board of Canada currently has limited capacity to process Record Suspension, Expungement and Clemency applications, which will result in delays in their processing. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.
Important notice: If you have applied or are planning to apply for a record suspension, please take note of the recent changes to eligibility and wait times. Read more.
Special instructions - Simple possession of cannabis and other offences
If you were convicted of simple possession of cannabis and a least one other offence, read these instructions.
Information for record suspension applicants regarding victim surcharges
A December 14, 2018 Supreme Court of Canada ruling struck down the mandatory victim surcharge imposed on offenders as part of their sentencing under section 737 of the Criminal Code. Recent amendments to section 737 of the Criminal Code came into force on July 21, 2019, that restore victim surcharges by giving the court the ability to waive a victim surcharge under certain circumstances.
As a result, outstanding victim surcharges imposed under Section 737 of the Criminal Code on or after October 24, 2013 and on or before December 13, 2018 will not be considered when reviewing eligibility for a record suspension/pardon application. All other fines and surcharges must still be paid in full.
If your application was returned to you because of an outstanding victim surcharge that was imposed during the timeframe noted above, you are encouraged to re-submit your application.
You can apply directly to the Parole Board of Canada (PBC) for a Record Suspension. You do not need to use a lawyer or third party service provider (see Protect Yourself from Fraud).
Simply follow the step-by-step instructions and pay the application processing fee of $644.88. Applicants are also responsible for any additional fees required as part of their application, such as fingerprints, criminal record, court documents and police checks.
Before you start, check your eligibility to apply for a record suspension by using the PBC's Online Self Assessment Tool.
You must answer all questions truthfully and completely.
Concealing information or making false or deceptive statements will result in your application being denied or your record suspension being revoked or ceasing to have effect at a later date.
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