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Can Any Criminal Record Be Pardoned In Canada? Do you need criminal record pardons in canada? If you need a criminal pardon call us at 250-962-5882 for fast efficient pardons. We work with canadian citizens to secure pardons in canada. Seal your criminal past and start your future free and clear. If you have a record we can help. We work with all the provinces in canada. We can help with criminal record pardons in canada…call us 250-962-5882.

Occasionally I receive calls from concerned members of the Canadian public who believe that Canadians with criminal records should not be able to receive a pardon.

Whatever your opinion is on the matter, most of the callers have a misconception that anyone can receive a pardon, for any criminal offence, and that there are no systems in place to protect the public from the most serious offenders after they have received a pardon. It couldn’t be farther from the truth.

The vast majority of Pardon applicants have minor offences from 10, 20, 30, sometimes even 40 years ago; the most common of these offences including minor thefts, DUIs and the like. The simple fact is that people make mistakes. In fact, at any given time, as many as three million Canadians have a criminal record.

Pardon applicants must go through a rigorous screening process. Before a person can even be considered for the pardon, and they must prove they have been a good citizen and have remained crime-free for at least 5 years. Likewise, pardon applicants cannot have been the subject of a police investigation or arrest during the last five years. Even traffic tickets can make a pardon application subject to a proposal to deny by the Board when their application is under review. There are also numerous limitations imposed on pardons, which I touched on in another article, The Limitations of Pardons.

In any case, only those truly deserving of having their criminal record expunged will ultimately receive a pardon. In fact, of the 350,000 Canadians that have received pardons in 1970, approximately 97 percent of these are still in force, indicating that the vast majority of pardon recipients remain crime-free in the community.

With regards to serious offences, not all can be pardoned.  Anyone convicted of murder will never become eligible for a Federal pardon. In order to be eligible, you must complete your sentence(s) and then remain crime free and of good conduct for the appropriate eligibility period. Since individuals with murder convictions are on life parole, they are never considered to have completed their sentence. Those convicted of murder may apply for a Royal Prerogative of Mercy, but these are rarely granted, only 2 having been granted from 2007 through 2008. Similarly, anyone designated a dangerous offender will never become eligible to be considered for a pardon, ensuring society is not jeopardized by the most dangerous members at large.

By far the most contentious issue of the Canadian pardon system is how to handle criminal records of a sexual nature. Pardons are available for past sex offenders; however, they also come with meaningful restrictions. Anyone who receives a pardon for a sexual offence will have their record held separate and apart from normal criminal record systems such as the Canadian Police Information System; however, their name will remain flagged in a special database. In the event that they apply for a job or volunteer position involving vulnerable persons, generally defined as youth, elderly, the mentally infirm, or anyone

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