What Is A Record Suspension?
"Record suspension" is the new terminology for what has been commonly known as a “pardon”. Bill C-10 was passed by the Conservative government in March 2012; the pardon system has been phased out and replaced with the record suspension system.
Record suspensions are mandatory in having a criminal conviction record suspended within Canada. If you have been charged and convicted in Canada you have a criminal record. The benefits in being granted a record suspension are numerous.
Employers conduct criminal background checks in seeking out the right employee in hopes that those of good conduct would prove to be reliable and dedicated. Having a criminal record may hinder your chance of being employed.
Other than as an indication of character, employers and companies look at bondability of potential employees. To be ‘bondable’ means insurable and an employee with a criminal record will cost an employer more in insurance.
Many programs in educational institutions run background checks before admitting individuals into that field of study.
Volunteer positions, especially with children, disabled or elderly, usually require a background check to ensure that these individuals are not put at risk.
The custody of your children or your visitation rights may be decreased or terminated because of a criminal record.
In Canada, the ability to adopt a child is refused to any individual with a criminal record.
An application for Canadian citizenship can be denied, delayed, or suspended with a criminal record.
Other immigration issues are severely affected by a criminal record and may result in deportation, e.g. work permits or authorizations, refugee status, landed immigrant.
Peace of Mind
A sense of personal consciousness is affected when an individual has a criminal record. The shame and stigma that are associated with a criminal history are also removed when a criminal record is suspended.