The suspension of the criminal record (formerly known as “pardon”) allows, under certain conditions, to keep separate the lockers of persons who have been convicted of a criminal offense.
The criminal record suspension does not erase the fact of having been convicted or convicted of a criminal offense. For example, to the question “Have you ever been convicted or convicted of a criminal offense? You should answer “yes” and explain that you have obtained a suspension of the criminal record.
In order to be able to apply for a suspension of a court file
You must have served your entire sentence and demonstrate that you have been acting as a good law-abiding citizen for some time.
Your sentence is considered to be served in full if:
- you have paid all your fines, surcharges and fees, and fully executed your restitution and compensation orders;
- you have served all your prison and conditional sentences, including parole and statutory release;
- you have satisfied all the conditions of the probation order.
After serving all of your sentences, you must wait five years before submitting a request for a criminal record suspension
Before making an application, consult the Record Suspension Request Guide. This guide describes the procedures to follow to obtain the required documents, such as your criminal record, your file kept with the local police and other relevant information.