What Happens if My Pardon Application is Denied?

By 19 July 2016June 22nd, 2022No Comments

If a pardon application was submitted and then denied, there is a strong chance that the eligibility requirements set out by the Parole Board of Canada (PBC) were not met. The PBC is the only official federal agency that is responsible for making record suspension decisions under the Criminal Records Act (CRA). Under this act, the PBC can order, refuse, or revoke a record suspension as they see fit. If an application is denied, the applicant can re-apply after one year. 

Reasons for Denial

An application can be denied when an applicant does not fully disclose their past criminal involvement. This can be as little as omitting small pieces of information such as outstanding fines, a recent charge, or even forgetting to include certain court dates. Full disclosure is essential in ensuring that your pardon application is accepted and taken to the next stage for approval.

All sentences of imprisonment must be completed including conditional sentences, parole, statutory release and any probation orders. The PBC will look closely at its completion.

With that being said, good conduct is integral to your pardon application being successful. This means all impending surcharges must be taken care of. If new or pending traffic fines are noticed, ignored child support payments, or any other encounters with the law that are present at the time of your application, the PBC will be inclined to deny your pardon application.

It’s also very important to consider how truthful and complete your answers are on the questionnaire that is part of your application. Any sense of deception or ambiguity will play negatively in your favour as concealing or falsifying information is not tolerated.


According to the PBC, pardon applications must include original documents, original signatures, office seals of approval and stamps from all courts involved, as well as the police. Photocopies are not allowed. Failure to do so could result in your application being returned to you. In addition to this, any sign of tampered documents will also result in it being returned.

Sending an application in accordance with an A+ Accredited nationwide Canadian Pardon (Record Suspension) and U.S Waiver application completion firm maximizes your chances of success in receiving a favourable result. There are minute details from finger printing, organizing all court information, local police record checks and filling out various forms that require attention, precision and detail. As such, it is always best to consult with a professional to ensure that nothing is missed in your application.

There are a variety of reasons why your application may have been denied, and in some cases it is simply the result of a poorly prepared application. In others, eligibility requirements may have not been met. If you are considering applying for a Canadian pardon, take the first step towards a successful result with a pardon qualification assessment.

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