Who is eligible for a record suspension?

From: Parole Board of Canada

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.

You can apply for a Record Suspension if you:

To apply for a record suspension, you must have completed all of your sentences, which includes:

Important: If you were ordered to pay any fines, costs, surcharges, compensation orders or restitution as part of your sentence, you should pay it in full as soon as possible. The waiting period only starts once full payment has been made. Proof of payment must be provided with your record suspension application.

After completing all of your sentences, you are required to wait a set number of years based on the date when you committed your most recent offence before applying for a record suspension.

If you committed your most recent offence (excluding any simple possession of cannabis convictions)Footnotes 3...

Before June 29, 2010

The waiting period is:

  • 5 years – an offence prosecuted by indictment.
  • 3 years – an offence punishable on summary conviction.
Between June 29, 2010 and March 12, 2012

The waiting period is:

  • 10 years — Serious personal injury offence (within the meaning of 752 of the Criminal Code); including manslaughter; an offence for which the applicant was sentenced to a prison term of 2 years or more, and an offence referred to in Schedule 1 that was prosecuted by indictment.
  • 5 years — any other offence prosecuted by indictment and an offence referred to in Schedule 1 that is punishable on summary conviction.
  • 3 years — an offence other than the ones mentioned above, that is punishable on summary conviction.
On or after March 13, 2012

The waiting period is:

  • 10 years — an offence prosecuted by indictment.
  • 5 years — an offence that is punishable on summary conviction.

You may be ineligible for a record suspension if you committed either of the following offences on or after March 13, 2012 and of which you were later convicted:

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