Updates for applicants

Application Fee Reduction - Record Suspension (Pardon)

Important! As of January 1, 2022, the fee to apply for a record suspension is $50.00. Find out more.


Information on cannabis record suspensions (Bill C-93)

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.

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

Important notice to applicants: changes to the fingerprint submission process to RCMP

Please note that record suspension applicants sending their fingerprints to the RCMP to get a copy of their criminal record must now submit electronic fingerprints only. Finger print forms are no longer accepted.

To have your fingerprints taken electronically, contact or visit your local police of jurisdiction or an accredited company with an electronic submission device.

Note that electronic fingerprint submission to the RCMP is not currently available outside of Canada. You may contact accredited companies within Canada who will digitize ink fingerprints and submit them electronically to the RCMP.

Note: Your criminal record request must clearly show that you are applying for a record suspension.

Members of Parliament - MP constituency offices

Members of Parliament and their constituency offices wishing to contact the Parole Board of Canada (PBC) on behalf of a constituent should fax their request, along with signed consent from the individual concerned, to 613-941-4981 on official MP letterhead.

Note: Do not include the applicant's Social Insurance Number (SIN) in the consent form, the PBC does not require this information.

Credit Card Payment

Record suspension applicants may now pay the $50.00 processing fee by credit card by filling in the Credit Card Payment Form in the Record Suspension Guide, and mailing it with their completed application to the Parole Board of Canada.

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