Who is eligible for a record suspension?
From: Parole Board of Canada
You can apply for a Record Suspension if you:
- were convicted as an adult of an offence in Canada under a federal act or regulation of Canada;
- were convicted of a crime in another country and were transferred to Canada under the Transfer of Offenders Act or International Transfer of Offenders Act.
Before you apply for a record suspension, you must have completed all of your sentences, which includes:
- all fines, surcharges*, costs, restitution and compensation orders;
- all sentences of imprisonment, conditional sentences, including parole and statutory release;
- any probation order(s).
Note: If you have a prohibition order, it does not need to have expired before the waiting period begins.
After completing all of your sentences, you must have completed a waiting period:
- 5 years for a summary offence (or a service offence under the National Defence Act).
- 10 years for an indictable offence (or a service offence under the National Defence Act for which you were fined more than $5,000, detained or imprisoned for more than 6 months).
*Victim surcharges imposed on or after October 24, 2013 will not be considered in determining eligibility for a record suspension/pardon.
You are not eligible for a record suspension if you have been convicted of:
- a Schedule 1 Offence (offence involving a child) under the Criminal Records Act
- more than three (3) offences prosecuted by indictment, each with a prison sentence of two (2) years or more.
Before you start, check your eligibility to apply for a record suspension by using the PBC's Online Self Assessment Tool.
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