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How long does it take to get a Pardon or Record Suspension?

How long does it take to get a Pardon or Record Suspension? 

 
Hi there,
 
I was looking for more information regarding how long it takes to get a pardon or record suspension as I’m trying to get a job and my criminal record is getting in the way.
 
Any help would be great.
 
Thank you very much. 

Answers

By Pardons Canada
Hello Ms. Campbell,
 
 Thank you for reaching out to the Pardons Canada team with your inquiry.
 
The timing for obtaining a pardon or record suspension will depend on the outcome in court. For summary offences, you must be out of trouble for five years from the end of your punishment. 
 
For indictable offences, you must be out of trouble for ten years from the end of your punishment. Make sure that all your fines have been paid as well. Summary offences are considered more minor offences like DUI, theft under, assault, and fraud under 5000.  Indictable offences are considered more serious offences such as fraud over 5000, drug trafficking, assault causing bodily harm, theft over 5000. 
 
The process for obtaining a pardon or record suspension takes some time as we need to gather and prepare all of the original legal forms including court records and RCMP files. Since the process takes time, you may start your file before your eligibility date with Pardons Canada and then we will ensure all of the paperwork gathered and the application filled out properly so that we can submit it to the federal government on your eligibility date.
 
I hope this has helped to answer your question. Feel free to contact a member of the Pardons Canada team at anytime to learn more about the services we provide.
 
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