You’ve gotten your record suspension, and you feel as though you can put the past behind you. However, you can’t rest on your laurels. You might not be aware that record suspensions can be revoked. So, if you re-offend, your criminal record will go right back into federal databases.
Record Suspensions Aren’t Permanent?!?!
The record suspension you worked so hard to get is conditional. Lawyers from the firm Boyne Clarke note that the record suspension will only remain in effect if three conditions are met: if you are not convicted of another offence, if you maintain good conduct, or if you made false statements when you applied for the record suspension.[…] Read More
Express Pardons – CLOSED
Express Pardons Inc., a Canadian Pardon provider headquartered in Vancouver, British Columbia, has closed down without notice. As the industry leader and pioneer, Pardon Services Canada sincerely regrets the hardship this abrupt closure will cause Express Pardon’s clients. As a gesture of support, Pardon Services Canada is offering to make an evaluation of all work done on your file thus far, and will give you a $100 deduction on its pardon services.[…] Read More
So, these incarceration rates are looking a little “high”…
Every year, thousands of Canadians face a criminal record for the simple offence of possession of marijuana. Justice Canada estimates that over 600,000 Canadians have a criminal record for cannabis possession. In fact, police in British Columbia have reported that the number of cannabis drug offences have jumped from 11,952 in 2002 to 16,578 in 2011.
$%** man! It’s just a bit of herbal medicine.[…] Read More
Every year, thousands of Canadians travel to the United States for work, shopping, catching a flight, or even just to have some fun in the sun. If you are reading this blog post, you are very likely one of them, or at least are considering travelling to the States. But it is getting harder and harder for Canadians to get across the border if they have a criminal record. The single fact that America is our close neighbour south of the border does not stop Canadians from being subject to U.S.[…] Read More
You may have heard the rumor that Canadian pardons are coming to an end and in fact we frequently receive calls from current clients and the general public with concerns about this. The short answer is: this is simply NOT TRUE. Currently there is no need to worry about this service disappearing and this rumor was likely started because of:
- Confusion about the new legislation, passed in March 2012
- New eligibility requirements for a Record Suspension
- Scams that take advantage of people applying for a pardon
It is no secret that the pardon process is confusing.[…] Read More
The Government of Canada has been growing less and less understanding of the problems that they’ve created with recent changes to laws surrounding criminal records, the Canadian pardon process and record suspensions.
The law makes a lot of things fairly black-and-white: if you don’t have a criminal record, you can get a good job, you can volunteer for your child’s school trips and you can travel over the border.
If you have a criminal record, you can’t.[…] Read More
June 20th, 2013 marked the day that Bill C-43, also known as the Faster Removal of Foreign Criminals Act (FRFCA), was passed into law. The bill amends the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act, which is the primary federal legislation that regulates immigration to Canada.
The bill makes significant changes to Canada’s immigration program, including:
- A loss of appeal rights to the Immigration Appeal Division (IAD)
- Greater penalties for misrepresentation
- Limitation of access to humanitarian and compassionate consideration
- A grant of new authority to the Minister of Citizenship, Immigration and Multiculturalism to deny temporary resident status
A Loss of Appeal Rights
Before the legislative changes, anyone who engaged in criminal activity and who received a deportation order because of it was still able to make an appeal to the Immigration Appeal Division, as long as they had spent less than two years in jail for their crime.[…] Read More
Answers You Need When Job Searching With a Criminal Record in Canada
By Paulina Zagozda
Are there companies in Canada who will refuse to hire a person with a criminal record?
Answer: Because of federal and provincial human rights legislation, you can’t really say that there are any national Canadian companies that will refuse to hire a person with an unpardoned criminal record. Our human rights legislation does provide some sort of protection against discrimination based on a criminal record.[…] Read More
Do I need a Canadian Pardon to Travel Abroad (not including the USA)?
By Anna Sergeyeva
*This blog advises on travel plans that do not include US destinations, and flying over or passing through a US port of entry.
Read for tips on protecting yourself when travelling abroad (not including the USA)?
The summer season is upon us. After a long winter this is the time of the year to take some well-deserved time off and relax with friends and family.[…] Read More
By Mark Duffy
Do I have a Criminal Record Canada
I was charged with a criminal offence but not convicted. Do I have a Criminal Record?
Often, we receive calls from people who are shocked to find out that they have a Criminal Record because they were charged, but never convicted of an offence. Regardless of whether a charge was dismissed, withdrawn, or stayed, it will appear on your Criminal Record for life, unless you take the necessary action and have it removed.[…] Read More