Canadian 'Pardons' No More
May 16, 2012
As a result of Bill C-10, commonly known as the Safe Streets and Communities Act, receiving Royal Assent on March 13, 2012, the changes to the Criminal Records Act (CRA) have now come into effect.
More specifically, the Pardon program's name, eligibility requirements, and waiting periods, have been changed as follows:
The term 'pardon' is replaced with the term 'record suspension';
The waiting period for a record suspension has increased to 5 years for all summary conviction offences and to 10 years for all indictable offences;
Individuals convicted of sexual offences against minors (with certain exceptions) and those who have been convicted of more than three indictable offences, each with a sentence of two or more years, are now ineligible for a record suspension.
What happens to those applications received on or before March 12, 2012? They will be accepted for processing under the former CRA, as long as they are deemed to be eligible and complete by the Parole Board of Canada at the time of receipt. All applications received as of March 13, 2012, are subject to the requirements under the new CRA.
Pardon applications received on or before March 12, 2012, deemed to be eligible and complete, and accepted for processing, will be processed as 'pardon' applications under the previous CRA.
All applications received as of March 13, 2012, deemed to be eligible and complete, and accepted for processing, will be processed as a 'record suspension' under the new CRA.
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