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Surprising Canadian Drug Statistics

Drug use, while generally frowned upon and correlated with crime rates, is still prevalent in our society. The debate rages on about which drugs are harmful, and which aren’t, and it’s clear that certain drugs are more harmful than others. Canadians are using drugs regardless of their prohibition, and our government is going to great…

A Profile Of Canadian Victims of Crime

In 2009, the General Social Survey on victimization determined that approximately 27% of Canadians had been victims of a crime in Canada, a relatively unchanged statistic since 2004. For the approximately 9 million Canadians who have been victims of a crime, there are commonalities between them and the crimes they experience. Characteristics of Victims and…

10 Roadblocks When Living With A Criminal Record

There are many barriers associated to having a criminal record in Canada. For the 4.2 million Canadians who have one or more criminal convictions, the issues associated to having a record are a part of their everyday reality. These persons have to juggle the daily demands of life, while managing the hardship associated to having…

Fingerprints 101 – Process Updates, Policy Changes and What this Means for You

In Canada, individual fingerprints are used in conjunction with criminal convictions as the unique identifier that separates individual criminal records from one another. Each fingerprint is unique and distinguishable and allows the RCMP and local police departments the ability to identify individuals. There may be many instances throughout a lifetime where a criminal background check…

When pardoned (record suspended) documents are released: who is accountable?

Since the 70’s, there have been almost half a million people that have successfully received a Record Suspension (formally known as Pardon) in Canada. Approximately 96% of those persons still have their record suspension to date, meaning that they continue to live crime free lifestyles to this day. Record Suspensions allow persons with criminal convictions,…

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A Breakdown of the History Behind Pardons in Canada

Since the 1970’s, the Canadian government has allowed people with criminal records to have their criminal history pardoned, a unique feature not offered in many countries. So long as individuals could demonstrate that they were successfully reintegrated back into the community, they could receive a pardon. The Pardon and Record Suspension process and the legislations…

What Are My Chances of Being Pardoned?

Obtaining a Pardon in Canada allows those with prior criminal convictions to seal their record from public access, and consequently open new doors in their lives. If you are eligible, complete all of the steps, and do in fact obtain a Pardon from the Canadian government, you will open more doors of opportunity. That being…

Employers access to your record: What are your rights?

Having a criminal conviction can present many challenges for individuals (e.g., employment, volunteering, schooling), as there exists a substantial amount of stigma associated to having a record. For the 4.2 million Canadians that have a criminal record, one of the most challenging feats can be in relation to finding employment. It has increasingly become common…

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The Benefits of a Pardon

Getting a pardon can be a long and arduous process. In order to receive a full pardon, one needs to complete numerous forms, meet strict criteria, and sometimes wait for many years for everything to fall into place and be implemented. Still, there is a reason that people do it. It’s worth it. Receiving a…

Summer Travel and the New Canadian and U.S. Border Agreement

By Pegah Memarpour, freelance columnist for Pardon Applications of Canada Just in time for the summer travel season, Canada and the United States launched a new shared border agreement that will allow travellers passing through both countries to be pre-screened before arriving at the border. The Canadian Public Safety Minister and the Homeland Security Secretary announced,…

The Conservative Government and the Tough-On-Crime Initiative to Date

By Pegah Memarpour, freelance columnist for Pardon Applications of Canada As the leader of the Conservative Party, Stephen Harper has put forth many tough-on-crime and victim focused initiatives that have changed the criminal justice and penal system in Canada. Since his 2006 inauguration, Harper has put forth dozens of amendments to Canadian legislations, many of which…

Crime Rates Decreasing While Crime Costs Are on the Rise

By Pegah Memarpour, freelance columnist for Pardon Applications of Canada Over the last decade, it has been reported that the crime rate in Canada has fallen 27 percent, and is currently the lowest its’ been in the last forty years. Overall, Canadians have seen a drop in the number of crimes that are being committed annually,…

Top 5 U.S Summer Road Trips

By Pegah Memarpour, freelance columnist for Pardon Applications of Canada As the summer season hits, many Canadian travellers are looking for different and exciting ways to spend their holidays. Although exploring our neighbours to the south is a common travel venture for many Canadians, the number of travellers heading across the border by vehicle has dropped…

Youth Offences and Criminal Records

By Pegah Memarpour, freelance columnist for Pardon Applications of Canada The transition from adolescence to adulthood is marked with many distinct and fundamental changes and differences. Youth are generally seen as relatively innocent, and not fully developed and aware of their actions. Even under the law, youth are described as having minimal culpability for their decisions…

The 411 on Non-Criminal Convictions – What You Need to Know

By Pegah Memarpour, freelance columnist for Pardon Applications of Canada Having a criminal record in Canada can negatively impact many aspects of someone’s life, including their ability to travel, become employed, and join sports teams and educational institutions. As a result of these barriers, many individuals will apply to have their record suspended or apply for…

More Tough-On-Crime Legislation from Harper Government

By Pegah Memarpour, freelance columnist for Pardon Applications of Canada Canadians legal position on life sentences has historically been unique, as until recently, individuals have not always spent their entire lives locked away behind bars. However, on Wednesday, March 4th, 2015 Prime Minister Stephen Harper announced another tough-on-crime legislation that would give courts the discretion to…

3 Myths About U.S. Waivers

by Chris Heringer, CEO, Pardon Applications of Canada This is the 2nd of a 2-part series about 3 of the top myths associated with Canadian Pardons (Record Suspensions) & U.S. Waivers (I-192 or just “Waiver”) in Canada. MYTH #1:        I have a Canadian Pardon.  I don’t need a Waiver. FACT:               Canadian Pardons are not…

3 Myths About Canadian Pardons

by Chris Heringer, CEO, Pardon Applications of Canada This is the 1st of a 2-part series about 3 of the top myths associated with Canadian Pardons (Record Suspensions) & U.S. Waivers in Canada. MYTH #1:        A Pardon will help me enter the United States. FACT:               Canadian Pardons are not recognized by the United States….