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British Columbia’s Preparations for Marijuana Legalization

Despite being a province that is open to marijuana use, British Columbia has begun preparing for its legalization—set out to be in effect later this year –by putting into place new marijuana regulations and a 90-day ban on impaired driving. Restrictions Individuals of 19 years of age and older will be allowed to possess up…

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RCMP Against Changes to the Criminal Background Checks System

According to CBC News, the RCMP has found fault with the criminal background checks and pardons system on account of the changes made by the Liberal government in 2016. These new changes have allowed people with “disturbing” records to apply to job sectors that are categorized as “vulnerable” because they relate to services that cater…

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Pardoning People Charged with Marijuana Possession

Since Justin Trudeau became Prime Minister in 2015, approximately 2,000 people have been convicted of marijuana possession. Despite the forthcoming legalization, simply having marijuana is still a federal offence according to the Controlled Substances Act. With the legalization of marijuana scheduled to take effect summer of 2018, the question remains: what will become of those…

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Criminal record “sneaks up” on middle-age Canadians

Criminal record “sneaks up” on middle-age Canadians Canadians who get a standard background check for employment or volunteer work surprised to find lingering criminal record, says CEO of nationwide Pardon firm. OTTAWA, ON — Canadians who received an absolute or conditional discharge before July 24, 1992, shouldn’t be surprised to find a lingering criminal record…

7 Myths About Crossing Over to the U.S. with a Criminal Record

Pardon Applications of Canada explores some of the most common misconceptions about attempting to enter the United States with a criminal record. Over the last decade or so, Canadians have experienced stricter regulations when attempting to cross the United States border.  Things have become especially difficult for travelers who hold a criminal record. With the introduction…

Saving Money During the Pardon Application Process

A Pardon, now known as a Record Suspension, is within reach for most Canadians, but there is many common misconceptions with regards to the costs involved. If you have served your sentence, you deserve a chance to move on from your past. A Pardon allows you the opportunity to permanently seal your criminal record from…

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How to Get a Pardon in Canada

If you’re living with the burden of a criminal record in Canada and want to know how to get a Pardon, this guide will cover the basics of the process, including: How to determine your eligibility The basic process for obtaining a pardon The costs associated with an application Being granted a Pardon removes the…

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How Long Does it Take to Get a US Waiver — Pardon Applications

If you want to travel to the USA with a criminal record, obtaining a US Entry Waiver is the only way to ensure you will not be denied, detained or arrested at the border or airport. The detailed legal process can be daunting and involves multiple phases. Further, the United States Department of Homeland Security…

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Where Can I Travel With a Canadian Criminal Record?

Do you have a criminal record in Canada and are wondering which countries allow you to enter despite your criminal charges? The answer isn’t simple. Each country is different and border guards are free to bar you entry at their own discretion. A crime, no matter the nature, may be grounds for refusal. This blog…

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Pardon FAQ: What You Need to Know About Record Suspensions

Life with a criminal record is challenging. Finding steady employment, completing an education, and travelling abroad are made extremely difficult by having a criminal past. A Canadian Pardon (now known as a record suspension) gives those who have successfully rehabilitated a chance to move forward from the past and lead a fulfilling life.  Canadian Pardons…

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Canadian Record Suspension Reviews: What You Need to Know

Canadian Pardons are now known as Record Suspensions, and the process for obtaining one can be detailed and lengthy.  Once the application process is completed, it will be submitted to the Parole Board of Canada and up for review. The following blog addresses which factors are weighed during the Pardon application review process and the…

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Where Can I Travel With a Canadian Criminal Record?

Do you have a criminal record in Canada and are wondering which countries allow you to enter despite your criminal charges? The answer isn’t simple. Each country is different and border guards are free to bar you entry at their own discretion. A crime, no matter the nature, may be grounds for refusal. This blog…

How to Travel to the US with a Criminal Record

A criminal record will likely make you inadmissible to the United States; however,  Canadian citizens that have been or are likely to be denied entry may apply for a US Waiver. The application process can be daunting, and there are many documents that must be collected and completed before you can apply. While there is…

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US Entry Waiver 101: How to Travel to the US with a Criminal Record

A criminal record will likely make you inadmissible to the United States.  However, Canadian citizens and permanent residents that have been or are likely to be denied entry may apply for a US Entry Waiver, or just “Waiver” for short.A criminal record will likely make you inadmissible to the United States.  However, Canadian citizens and…

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How Long a Pardon Really Takes to Obtain in Canada

Obtaining a Record Suspension (Pardon) frees you from the stigma attached to having a criminal record and removes legal barriers that hinder your ability to live an ordinary life. The laws governing the eligibility period, waiting times, and steps involved in obtaining a Pardon are often confusing, and delays in the justice system leave many…

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Lawyers May Overcharge for Your Pardon and Refer the Work

Many Canadians believe that it is necessary to retain legal counsel to aid their Pardon application process. With this decision, those with prior convictions will almost certainly be paying a lawyer far too much to handle their application. The application process is detailed and specific, but it does not require an attorney. In fact, there…

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Why a Pardon Application is More Than Just Filling Out Forms

If you are burdened with mistakes from the past, then it can be difficult to find a job, pursue an education, travel, or have a normal life. Getting a Pardon can help you gain access to these opportunities by sealing your record from public visibility forever. But applying for a Pardon is not about filling…

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Can a Permanent Resident in Canada Get a Pardon?

Are you worried that a criminal record could ruin your dreams of becoming a Canadian citizen? Permanent residents often find that their past mistakes complicate, delay, and even jeopardize their application proceedings. Let’s learn more about how a Pardon can help keep your citizenship dreams alive regardless of your history. As a permanent resident, you…

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How Pending Marijuana Legislation Could Affect Possession Convictions

The pending legalization of recreational marijuana in Canada has led many to applaud the efforts of the liberal government to uphold its promise to “legalize, regulate, and restrict access to marijuana”. But, despite changes on the horizon, many Canadians have still been charged with crimes for possession. Those who find themselves in this legal limbo…

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The Legal Process Behind a Pardon Application in Canada

Being granted a Pardon (now known as a Record Suspension) is your chance to go forward in your life with a clear criminal record. New opportunities for employment, education, and travel will help you move on from the past. The legal process behind a Pardon application in Canada, however, can be daunting. Any mistakes in…