Parole, record suspension, expungement and clemency

Parole, record suspension, expungement and clemency

Find information on parole, how to apply for a record suspension or for an expungement order, and the exercise of clemency (Royal Prerogative of Mercy) in Canada.


Services and information

Coronavirus (COVID-19) update

The Parole Board of Canada (PBC) is taking measures to address COVID-19. Learn more.

Parole in Canada

Learn about parole and its role in contributing to public safety.

Board members

Learn about the role of Board members in the parole and record suspension decision-making process, and how they are appointed.

Record suspensions

Learn about the waiting periods and eligibility criteria for a record suspension, and how to apply for one.

Cannabis record suspensions

Learn about the eligibility criteria for a cannabis record suspension, and how to apply for one.


Find out more about expungement: what it is, eligibility criteria and how to apply.

Decision registry

Find out how to request a decision by the Parole Board of Canada.


Find out more about clemency: what it is, who can apply for it in Canada, and why it is only granted in exceptional circumstances.

PBC Outreach Program

Learn more about the PBC outreach Program and/or request an outreach session.

What we are doing


Victim services

Learn about information services available to victims of crime from the Parole Board of Canada.

Elder-assisted hearings

Watch an overview and demonstration of an elder-assisted hearing.

Applying for a record suspension

Get helpful tips on how to avoid common mistakes when applying for a record suspension.

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