Record Suspension Self-assessment Tool

Important notice:  If you have applied or are planning to apply for a record suspension, a recent Federal Court decision has resulted in changes to eligibility and wait times. Read more.

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.

Disclaimer: This self-assessment tool is intended only for those applicants whose most recent offence was committed on or after March 13, 2012. In order to determine their eligibility to apply for a record suspension, all other applicants should consult the Determining your Eligibility for Record Suspension webpage.


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