Pardon Legislation in Canada
Pardon legislation in Canada has changed considerably in 2012, after a proposal introduced in 2010. The source of the changes is to be found in the actual law, passed by the Conservative government, called Bill C-10.
The Canadian Government put 9 previously-proposed legislation amendments together into one omnibus crime bill, formally known as Bill C-10 or The Safe Streets and Communities Act.
New Pardon Bill
The new pardon bill, Bill C 10, removes pardons and replaces them with record suspensions.
While people still use the word 'pardon', the actual terminology is now 'record suspension'.
While this is simply a matter of jargon for the most part, the changes go further than just the name. The changes from a pardon to a record suspension reflect the different approach the Canadian government is taking with the new pardon bill. This approach stresses on an ever-increasing focus of “tough on crime” within Canadian society.
The changes then translate to a tougher application process, increasing the amount of paperwork, attention to detail and level of subjectivity. While previously, the pardon application was relatively straightforward, the amount of complication with the new pardon bill and the record suspension process has been magnified.
Because of the intricacy and complexity introduced by the new pardon legislation, it is recommended that any individual applying for a pardon / record suspension or seeking more information call a professional consultant.
Call Record Suspension Services toll-free at 1-800-298-5520 or contact us online for more information, or apply online if you're ready to start the process right now.