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Are Pardons Good for Society in Canada?

by Chris Curcione A+ Accredited Pardon & U.S. Waiver Officer Pardon Applications of Canada The Canadian justice system is a complex collection of courts, agencies, and organizations that function in unison to maintain order, deter crime, and provide protection to Canadians. For example, the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) and the Supreme Court of Canada…

How Getting a Pardon for Your DUI Improves Your Life

Read this for more info about traveling to the USA with or without a pardon.A DUI offence in Canada can ruin your chances of employment, education, travel, and more. Find out how obtaining a pardon for your DUI conviction can open up doors you once thought were closed for good. If you’ve been convicted of…

Does US Border Patrol Recognize Canadian Pardons?

Travelers are often surprised to discover that Canadian Pardons are not recognized by the United States.  Even with a Canadian record suspension, a traveler can still be prohibited from crossing the border into the U.S., either via land (border crossing) or air.  Earlier this month, 66-year-old Calgary man Bill McLevin told Global News that he…

What’s the Difference Between a Pardon in Canada Compared to the U.S.?

In Canada, A Pardon completely separates a criminal record from publicly visible criminal charges in the national criminal record database known as “CPIC”.  This offers an individual a second chance at a clean, publicly sealed, and crime-free lifestyle.  The main benefits are that past offenders are able to pass a criminal record check for employment,…

What Donald Trump Might Mean for Canadians with a Criminal Record

Kaira Kiritharan, A+ Accredited Associate Officer with Pardon Applications of Canada _______________________________________________________________________ The world was captivated by a riveting election that took place in one of the most powerful countries of the globe — the United States of America. Citizens and leaders of nations around the world were split into two sides with a head…

The Difference Between Criminal Convictions & Non-Convictions

Although an individual’s criminal convictions & non-convictions are both a component of an individual’s entire criminal record, there are differences between the two. A non-conviction record, sometimes called a police record, is a listing of an individual’s interactions with police, including charges that have been dismissed or withdrawn. Whereas a criminal conviction record more commonly…

What Justin Trudeau Might Be Thinking About Pardons

Current estimates suggest between 4-5 million Canadians and residents have a criminal record. As such, the opportunity for individuals to seal their record and seek better employment, volunteerism and travel freedom is a significant issue in the country. Justin Trudeau and the liberal government have been thinking carefully about this issue. Under the previous Harper…

Does a Pardon Help You Enter the US?

  Obtaining a Pardon is beneficial for several reasons like increasing employment opportunities, having access to better education, obtaining citizenship and lowering any chances of stigma in society. It’s also very helpful when traveling abroad and to our neighbours in the U.S. A Pardon may lift travel restrictions that are imposed on an individual with…

Will a Pardon Help You Travel to Mexico?

  Imagine traveling with family and friends, excited to relax on the beautiful beaches of Mexico, only to be pulled aside and sent back to Canada. The financial losses of the trip, much less the embarrassment, can be significant. When it comes to Mexico, there are a few things that need to be taken into…

Traveling to Popular Vacation Destinations with a Criminal Record

When it comes to travelling with a criminal record, things can get a little tricky. There are many countries with popular vacation destination spots that do not let individuals in who have criminal records. To complicate matters further, there are a number of countries that do accept those with a criminal record but they may…

Obtaining NEXUS with a Criminal Record

NEXUS provides useful benefits to frequent travelers, such as self-serve kiosks at multiple Canadian international airports, dedicated lanes at land border crossings, and the ability to report entry by phone to a Telephone Reporting Centre when travelling into the U.S. by sea. NEXUS is a joint initiative between the governments of the United States and…

How a Criminal Record Can Prevent You from Traveling

Having a criminal record can present a host of obstacles in your everyday life, from affecting your employment opportunities to jeopardizing plans for Canadian immigration and permanent residency status. A criminal record can also prevent you from being able to travel throughout the world. There are a number of international destinations that won’t admit people…

Recent Changes in Criminal Pardons Legislation

An article was recently released through the CBC stating that the federal government is going to court to defend a highly controversial change to the criminal pardons system, which originates from the previous Conservative government: the waiting period for pardon eligibility after a conviction of an indictable offense changed from 5 years to 10 years….

Obtaining A Passport With A Criminal Record

by Renee Robinson, Pardon & Waiver Officer with Pardon Applications of Canada Having a criminal record in Canada can prevent you from doing several things, including travel. Majority of Canadians automatically assume that once they have a criminal record they also cannot obtain a passport. This is not entirely true. A passport is simply an…

How a Pardon can help with Obtaining a Professional License or Permit

Working in certain businesses and trades or operating in a specific profession often requires obtaining a license or permit. The License & Permit Issuing Office in your city issues licenses, which are often governed by city bylaws. Some licenses also operate at the provincial and federal levels as well. Here is a comprehensive breakdown of…

How a Criminal Record can Affect Getting an Education

Criminal record checks don’t just apply to employment – they also happen when applying to educational institutions in some cases. Many Canadian colleges and universities require criminal background checks upon entry to specific fields of study, as many programs offer practicum courses which involve working closely with the public, vulnerable persons and sensitive tools or…

Getting a Pardon for a DUI

Driving under the influence is a serious charge in Canada. It counts as one of the two hybrid offences – meaning it can be charged as a summary conviction (a minor offence) or as an indictment or felony (a major offence). DUIs will stay on record if a pardon (record suspension) is not obtained, having…

Steps to Ensure a Successful U.S. Entry Waiver

When it comes to traveling to the U.S. from Canada, many factors can influence a person’s successful entry at the border. For instance, if an individual is age 18 or older and has a criminal record that contains specific offences that indicate a threat to public safety, or if the person has a communicable disease,…