Updates for applicants
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, a recent Federal Court decision has resulted in changes to eligibility and wait times. Read more
Important notice: 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 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 $644,88 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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