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What Offences Are Ineligible for a Pardon?

In many cases, obtaining a record suspension (commonly referred to as a Pardon) is an entirely feasible course of action.  However, there are some offenses that cannot be suspended from your record, even from a police check or basic background check.   These offences are ineligible from being suspended from a record due to the grave…

When Can the Police Legally Enter Your Home?

Though police have a certain social authority in general, there are only specific circumstances in which it is legal for police to enter your home or property.  Below are some of the circumstances in which police can legally enter your home: Entering Your Home with Your Permission It may be evident that police can enter…

5 Popular U.S. Shopping Destination For A Long Weekend Getaway

by Jim Houston, Pardon & Waiver Officer with Pardon Applications of Canada For a great number of Canadians, being on a nationwide holiday means a few things. For some, it’s about spending time at home with family.  Others, it is getting those little things done around the house that you never seem to get to. …

Changes to Canadian Laws Regarding House Arrest and Self-Defence

In order for Canada’s laws and regulations to keep representing its citizen’s best interests, provisions and definitions must sometimes be adapted.  Here are some laws regarding house arrest and self-defence that have undergone changes in recent times. Self-Defence Provisions One area of legislation that the courts have been asking Parliament to address recently is the…

I Wasn’t Turned Away from the U.S Border Last Time – Why Now?

by Timar James, Pardon & Waiver Officer with Pardon Applications of Canada  New York, California, Florida and Las Vegas are a few popular destinations many Canadians enjoy traveling to for a vacation or long weekend getaway. While many Canadians may consider this travel freedom as a luxury, others do not have this privilege without certain…

Recent Changes to Criminal Law Regarding Marijuana

In the past, the legal ramifications of growing marijuana in one’s own home in Canada have been fluid or unclear. Recent changes to Canadian Law surrounding marijuana have clarified the situation somewhat, at least in the case of marijuana for medicinal purposes. In February of 2016, the Canadian Federal Court struck down the prohibition of…

How Does a Youth Record Affect a Criminal Background Check?

by Jim Houston, Pardon & Waiver Officer with Pardon Applications of Canada Having a Youth Record is similar in some ways to having an Adult Record. A Youth Record is any charge or conviction that is under the Youth Criminal Justice Act (enacted on April 1, 2003 replacing the Young Offenders Act). A youth record…

Police Costs Continue to Soar Despite Falling Crime Rates

Recently, there has been a significant amount of controversy surrounding the comments by Toronto’s deputy chief of police stating how they must cut police officers to save money.  However, the fact of the matter is that though police costs keep rising, the crime rate in Canada is continuing to drop. While departments across Canada are…

How Long Does It Take to Get a Pardon?

by Timar James, Pardon & Waiver Officer with Pardon Applications of Canada One of the most frequently asked questions by individuals who have started or looking to start a Canadian Pardon (Record Suspension) application is how long it will take to get a Pardon. Some individuals think that an application is simply filling out some…

3 Things to Do Before Starting Your Pardon

by Renee Robinson, Pardon & Waiver Officer with Pardon Applications of Canada Have you thought about starting your criminal Pardon (Record Suspension)? If you answered yes, there are criteria you need to meet prior to starting the process of obtaining your Pardon. As you are probably already aware, the process to get your Pardon is…

What Is the Fastest Way to Get A Pardon?

Individuals seeking to obtain a Canadian pardon or a record suspension often inquire as to how this process can be done as quickly as possible.  Whether you are planning on travelling to the US, or applying for a job, it may be obvious that the faster you can obtain a pardon, the better. However, the…

4 Surprising Ways Your Criminal Record Can Affect You

by Jim Houston, Pardon & Waiver Officer with Pardon Applications of Canada There are several ways that having a criminal record can affect you. Some of these may have already been experienced, and some may actually be unknown. Below are 4 Surprising ways that having a criminal record could affect you. Travel to the United…

How to Get a Police Record Check from Outside Canada

If you have resided in Canada for at least 6 months at any one time, and wish to apply for visas (such as a permanent resident visa) while abroad, you will likely be required to submit a Canadian police record check, also known as an RCMP Criminal Record Check or simply Canadian police certificate. Due…

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How to Get a Canadian Pardon After You Have Been Deported

If you are residing or visiting Canada and are not a Canadian citizen, you can be deported for certain crimes of varying severity.  Charges like fraud, theft, aggravated felonies, and crimes of domestic violence can be punishable by deportation, in addition to a criminal record in Canada.  If this happens, there are steps one can…

The 10 Most Common Criminal Charges in Canada

by Timar James, Pardon & Waiver Officer with Pardon Applications of Canada With all the tragic headlines and news coverage we constantly see on television or social media outlets, many Canadians might believe that murder or sexual assault cases are the most criminal charges dealt with in criminal court. However, it may surprise you to…

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US Entry Waivers: What You Need to Know

When you are planning on crossing the border from Canada to the United States, it is important to make sure you have all of your records, information, and documents in order and up to date.  This is especially important to anyone who has any sort of police or criminal record and plans on travelling to…

5 Reasons to Pardon your Criminal Record

by Renee Robinson, Pardon & Waiver Officer with Pardon Applications of Canada A lot of people in society today debate clearing their criminal record for various reasons. The reality is, the process of applying for a Pardon is an investment of both time and money. But do not forget, a criminal record is something that…

Criminal Records and Obtaining Canadian Citizenship

If you have had brushes with the law in the past, it may not be as straightforward to obtain your Canadian Citizenship as it might be for someone with a completely clean record.    The Citizenship Act, most recently updated on June 11th of 2015, specifies what information in your record might prevent you from becoming…