Consultation on the Review of Record Suspensions

From Public Safety Canada

Current status: Closed

This engagement took place from November 7, 2016 to December 16, 2016.

The Government of Canada consulted with stakeholders and partners on the review of the Criminal Records Act and with the  public through an online consultation on the review of record suspensions (formerly referred to as pardons) under the Criminal Records Act.


Those who have completed their sentences and have been living crime free can apply for a record suspension. Reforms to the Criminal Records Act over the past 10 years have affected record suspensions. It is important to consider the impact these changes have had on the approximately 1 in 10 Canadians who have a criminal record and on the safety of our communities.

The review of the Criminal Records Act is aimed at ensuring that record suspensions are:

  • consistent with the Government of Canada’s goals to increase public safety;
  • providing value for money;
  • evidence-based; and,
  • aligned with the Charter of Rights and Freedoms and Canadian values.

Canadians were invited to participate in the consultations and share their views on the changes to Canada’s record suspensions.


The Government of Canada was seeking input from the public, including individuals with a criminal record, federal, provincial and territorial stakeholders, and organizations that are involved in the corrections and criminal justice system.

What’s next?

The information gathered from this consultation is now being compiled and a summary of the feedback received will be made public in Winter 2017. This data will help inform the Government of Canada on decisions for the review of the Criminal Records Act.

Summary of events

Date Activity Details Participate

September 2016 until December 2016

In-person consultation

Sessions with key stakeholders and partners in Corrections and the Criminal Justice system

Targeted consultations, by invitation only

November 7, 2016 until December 16, 2016

Online consultation

All Canadians have the opportunity to provide their feedback.

Promoted by email, through stakeholders, partners and social media

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