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How a Pardon Helps You Actually Get Hired

How a Pardon Helps You Actually Get Hired Canadian Pardons play a significant role in helping individuals with criminal records secure a new job in several ways. A Pardon significantly impacts the opportunity of being able to pass background checks which are required for employment in different organizations in Canada. Criminal Background Checks The standardization…

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Can a Pardon in Canada be Revoked?

Can a Pardon in Canada be Revoked? For Canadians living with a criminal record, being granted a Pardon (also known as a Record Suspension) can be a truly life-changing experience. In fact, for some people, holding a criminal record can be so limiting and debilitating, that when their Pardon application is finally approved, it can…

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5 Ways a Criminal Record Could Devastate Your Life

Having a criminal record can complicate an individual’s life in several ways. A criminal record does not go away with time but instead serves as a reminder of past actions. A criminal record can be used against an individual when they are trying to get a job or are simply looking for a decent place…

Applying for a Canadian Pardon? 3 Recent Changes You Should Know

Thinking of applying for a Canadian Pardon? Take a look at the history of the Canadian penal system, and you’ll find that only a few hundred years ago, our ancestors were using hot iron branding to permanently mark the bodies of criminals who’d been convicted of an offense. Back then, if a criminal had stolen…

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Why Obtaining a Pardon in Canada is So Important

Every year, many Canadians and residents are prevented from securing new jobs, getting promotions, doing volunteer work, and traveling to other countries due to their criminal record. Obtaining a Pardon can help solve this problem and allow these individuals to live their life as law-abiding citizens in good standing. Numerous policies focus on the rehabilitation…

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3 Surprising Things About the Pardon Process In Canada

A Canadian Pardon, also known as a Record Suspension, is a way for reformed, law-abiding Canadians to clear their criminal records. In fact, in 2017-2018, 94% of Pardon applications were approved, giving thousands of Canadians the second chance they deserve to move on with their lives, and finally be able to put their past behind…

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3 Important Benefits of a Canadian Pardon

by Joel LaForest, Research Analyst with Pardon Applications of Canada Obtaining and living with a criminal record is a topic that should never be taken lightly! After all, when an individual has a criminal record, it means that they’ve been accused or convicted of an offense, which has been deemed serious enough for a judge…

PAC Temporarily Suspends U.S. Waiver Application Completion Due to Border Closure

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE July 3, 2020 Pardon Applications of Canada (“PAC”) has announced that it is temporarily suspending the legal document preparation phase (one of the final steps) in the U.S. Waiver application process for active applicants until announcement of the re-opening of the CDN/US border. This reason for the suspension is to ensure the…

PAC Updates Privacy Policy

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE July 1, 2020 Pardon Applications of Canada (“PAC”) has announced an update to its Privacy Policy for active applicants and website visitors. Please review the updated Privacy Policy and Contact Client Care for any inquiries. Pardon Applications of Canada

COVID-19 Pardon Applications of Canada Update

4-MAY-2020 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE PAC Announces COVID-19 Client Service & Processing Update As per continued direction from the provincial and federal governments regarding business operations, Pardon Applications of Canada (“PAC”) has continued the closure and/or staffing suspension of all fourteen (14) offices across Canada. This closure is expected to continue throughout the balance of May…

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Pardon (Record Suspension) Filing Fee Increase

Effective 31-MAR-2020, the government of Canada is increasing their filing fee to submit a completed Canadian Pardon (Record Suspension) application from $631 to $644.88 (a $13.88 increase). This increase is in accordance with the Service Fees Act, which requires departments that charge an application fee to increase their fees on an annual basis according to the…

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What the New Bill C-93 Means for Pardons

by Anisa Jama, A+ Accredited Pardon & U.S. Waiver Officer, Pardon Applications of Canada Following last autumns’ Cannabis Act, bill C-93 was officially passed by the Senate on June 19, 2019. It has received Royal Assent and will be coming into effect soon. This bill, initially proposed by Minister Ralph Goodale, will provide no-cost, expedited…

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Your Phone Does Not Belong to You at the U.S. Border

Crossing the Canada/U.S. border with your cell phone? Thousands do every day.  We carry our electronic devices with us like we wear our clothing. But did you know that cellphones are now categorized as “goods” by the United States?  This means U.S. border guards have authority to confiscate & search through your cell phone.  And…

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Landlords Modify Tenant Leases in Advance of Marijuana Legalization

Landlords across the country are preparing for the approaching legalization of marijuana by modifying their tenant and building leases. According to the Alberta Residential Tenancies Act, landlords have the right to decide who rents their apartments or homes in Alberta.  They are already entitled to restrict/allow pets and tobacco smoking — marijuana is no different. …

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Update on Canada’s Marijuana Legislation

Marijuana will now be officially legal in Canada as of October 17th, 2018. This date is delayed from the expected summer legalization, as provinces and territories requested additional time to implement their own systems. The Differences Between Provinces and Territories Bill C-45 legalizes marijuana use across Canada, but distribution is up to each individual province…

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Muhammad Ali Doesn’t Need a Pardon — But You Might

Recently, the Trump government has been issuing a series of pardons or commuting sentences for political figures and celebrities.  According to CNN, the President has pardoned four people and recently commuted the remainder of Alice Marie Johnson’s life sentence. Since then, President Trump has mentioned that he may pardon two more individuals: television personality Martha…

Ottawa Head Office Address Change

Pardon Applications of Canada, the A+ Accredited nationwide Pardon & U.S. Waiver application processing firm, has moved its Head Office in Ottawa, ON. PARDON APPLICATIONS OF CANADA CANADA Head Office 440 Laurier Avenue West, Suite 200 Ottawa, ON K1R 7X6 If you have received a return envelope or are mailing item(s) to Pardon Applications of Canada…

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Possible Fee Increase for Ottawa Volunteer Background Checks

The Ottawa Police Service are planning on charging volunteers for background check requests, which have been free since the Ottawa, Gloucester, and Nepean forces amalgamated in 1995. This is the only type of background check that remains free, with criminal record checks for employment purposes priced at $50 and vulnerable sector checks priced at $15….

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The Impact of Canada’s Marijuana Legalization on U.S. Border Entry

In September of 2018, Canada is due to pass the “Cannabis Act”, which seeks to legalize cannabis consumption and use. The Act aims to reduce organized crime and prevent Canadian youth from pre-maturely consuming cannabis by strictly regulating access. Many believe the legalization of marijuana will lead to entry issues for Canadians when crossing the…

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How to Handle a Background Check with a Criminal Record

The Society for Human Resource Management found that nine out of 10 employers conduct criminal background checks on applicants. This makes being hired with a criminal record a bit challenging, but it isn’t impossible. Employers do background checks to ensure that the nature of your criminal record does not relate to the type of job…