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How Canada Lost Its Pardon: Record Suspension Services of Canada and the Changes in Canadian Law

In March 2012, The Government of Canada passed Bill C-10, ending the old pardon system and changing laws regarding criminal records, setting the foundation for the establishment of Record Suspension Services of Canada.

Toronto, Canada, May 23, 2012 --( Many Canadians are not aware that they can no longer get a pardon for a criminal record. Since the inception of the Criminal Records Act in 1970, a Canada pardon could be granted to any Canadian who wished to have their criminal record removed. In 2010, the Harper government put forward a proposal to change the laws in Canada, emphasizing on a tough on crime agenda. These changes in legislation finally passed as Bill C-10 ( on March 13, 2012.

Main changes as found in the Legislative Summary of Bill C-10 include:
- Changes in eligibility depending on conviction types
- Increased subjectivity in the decision process by the Parole Board of Canada
- Increased application costs and longer processing times

While pardons in Canada are now obsolete, the system itself is not. The terminology “pardon” has been replaced with “record suspension” ( and consequently, the record suspension system now in place does not make it impossible to get a criminal record removed from public access. The changes introduced by means of the record suspension process only make it much more difficult for the common citizen, and as such, it is in the best interest of Canadians to get professional help when starting an application for a record suspension.

Record Suspension Services of Canada ( was created to address the changing laws in Canada in regards to pardons and criminal records. The new laws make it more difficult for Canadians hoping to put their criminal records behind them and move on to a better way of life. As a result, Record Suspension Services was formed to educate and provide solutions for Canadians in the new process of record suspensions.

“We need to get the word out that while the government has made it harder to get a criminal record removed, it isn’t impossible. Hope is still on the horizon, and that’s the message we’re getting across by reaching out to Canadians with our resources and helping them move on with their life,” says Record Suspension Services’ senior consultant Jason Thorne.

Canadians who require their criminal record sealed can visit the Record Suspension Services walk-in center to get information and speak to a consultant, visit online (, or call toll-free 1-800-298-5520.

About Record Suspension Services of Canada: Record Suspension Services of Canada ( provides resources for Canadians with criminal records by way of education, consultation, and helping Canadians complete their application for a record suspension. The goal is to reach out to every Canadian who needs the help to move beyond the limitations a criminal record imposes and develop the solutions to a better life.

Press Contact:
Priya Kumar
206 Spadina Avenue
Toronto, Ontario M5T 2C2
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