Pardons and Record

We provide pardons Canada services and Expungement services. While pardons Canada is very popular and common, expungement is not that common. Here is the difference between the two. A pardons Canada removes a past conviction from visibility when a search of your criminal records is done; whereas an expungement allows for the destruction or permanent removal of a conviction from your record. That said, it should be borne in mind that the two services follow one similar route in that in order to obtain expungement you first have to obtain pardons Canada.

The Canadian Police Information Centre (CPIC) maintains a database of criminal conviction records in Canada. In order for a convicted person to have his records removed from the CPIC database, he needs to obtain a pardons Canada. Once this is done, if a criminal record check is carried out for that person, both the conviction and the pardons Canada disappear from his criminal record. Once you obtain a pardons Canada, all your past convictions can no longer be seen except with your own permission or the permission of the Public Safety Minister of Canada.

FingerPrinter fully understands the negative implications that a criminal conviction can have in the life of a person. Things happen and mistakes can be made sometimes, even by good people, but that should not necessarily define that person. FingerPrinter believes that every person deserves a second chance. A person with a past conviction may suffer discrimination, limited freedom and loss of opportunities as a result of his criminal records. The anguish and trauma that accompany criminal trials and convictions are profound, and as such we work hard to assist our clients to move on in life and keep their past behind them. FingerPrinter assists clients to obtain a pardons Canada, which is an acknowledgment that a convicted person has completed a sentence for his conviction and have proven to be law-abiding. That you have a fraud, theft, possession, or DUI conviction on your record does not mean that you have come to the end of life, we can assist you to obtain a pardons Canada to show that you are not defined by your past convictions for the rest of your life. Having your criminal records removed and kept separate and apart from other criminal records frees up your future and paves the way for a fresh new beginning.

FingerPrinter can assist you with your Canadian pardon application every step of the way. FingerPrinter has helped many Canadians to get their lives back from the clutches and trauma of past convictions. With our robust and profound expertise and knowledge of pardons Canada in the Canadian criminal justice system, we have successfully removed various convictions from our clients’ records. We treat our clients with respect, courtesy and dignity irrespective of their background or circumstances surrounding their criminal convictions. We fully understand that your past does not define you and that you deserve to move forward in life with dignity.

FingerPrinter provides the following Pardons Canada services:

  • Confidential services
  • Liaison with Police Services, Court officials, RCMP, and Parole Board of Canada on behalf of client
  • Obtain all necessary court documents and records of proceedings
  • Submit application to Parole Board of Canada
  • Respond to requests and further requirements from Parole Board of Canada
  • Assist client with appeals and proposal to deny

These are just some of the services we provide. We are client focused and oriented.

Eligibility for Pardons

To know if you are eligible for pardons in Canada you have to satisfy the following conditions:

  • You must have served your sentence fully
  • You must have completed your probation and paid all your fines
  • You must have a clean record of good behaviour since the time you completed your sentence.
  • You have not been convicted of a sexual assault to a minor
  • You do not have more than 3 convictions prosecuted by indictment (each with a prison sentence of 2 years or more)
  • EXCEPTIONS: As far as sexual offences towards minors go, “certain exceptions” indicated on the Parole Board of Canada website document have also been clarified by Parole Board of Canada. You have to meet all three of these specific requirements: 1) The individual could not have been in a position of trust or authority when he/she committed the offence, 2) The offence would have included no violence or threats, 3) The offender is not more than 5 years older than the victim. If all three of these specific requirements are ruled out then the individual may still apply after the ten-year eligibility period.

Waiting Period for Eligibility for Pardon

Different cases have different timelines of waiting period. To obtain a pardons Canada for a past conviction, you need to be mindful of the nature of sentencing involved. Each case differs from the other. The nature of the sentence that you received will determine how long you will have to wait before you will be eligible to apply for a pardon in Canada. The operative timelines include:

  • You have to wait for 5 Months if your case was withdrawn, dismissed, or you were acquitted of the charges
  • You have to wait for 1 Year if you received an absolute discharge, stayed charge or apeace bond. Note that this condition does not apply to all peace bonds.
  • You have to wait for 3 Years if you received a conditional discharge
  • You have to wait for 5 Years if you received a summary conviction
  • You have to wait for 10 Years if you received an indictable offence conviction
  • If your court information forms indicate “unable to confirm” as the method of trial, you have to wait for 10 years before you are eligible to apply.

Fines, Surcharges, Restitutions and Compensation Orders

If it has just been a minimum of 5 years since you completed all the terms of your sentencing, you will have to provide a proof that your charge was a Summary Offence.

You will also be required to provide a proof that all fines, surcharges, restitution and compensation orders imposed (except if the court decision is over 15 years) have been fully paid. The sources that you may consult include your lawyer, the court that tried and convicted you, your bank statements, the Parole office, receipts, etc. It is important that you check your records to ascertain the fines and surcharges that you have paid because you will be responsible for all expenses and disbursements that we incur on your behalf. It would not make sense for us to incur the expenses on your behalf if you have already paid them.

Timeline and Fees

Generally, obtaining a Record Suspension (or Pardon) can be a very lengthy exercise. It takes a lot of time to gather all the necessary documents required for the application. Moreover, the Parole Board takes time to respond. If you are in a hurry, we recommend that you do not contact us to process your application as we cannot control the responding timeline of most government offices. The timeline for obtaining a Record Suspension is between 18 months and two years.

Acceleration may be possible under certain documented circumstances, e.g., if you can secure a letter from an employer stating that you require a clear criminal record for employment purposes.

Our fees range from $1,500 to $3,000.

Set up an appointment and get to know more about our Pardon or Record Suspension and Expungement services, by simply calling us at 647-352-3557 or filling out the inquiry form from our website’s home page or email us at with your address and contact information, including email address. We will get back to you with further details of what to send to us.


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94 Via Bagnato, Toronto, Ontario, M6A 2S1 CANADA (Lawrence & Dufferin)

(Located Across the Playground Behind Shoppers Drug Mart at 770 Lawrence Ave W)

(The Road that leads to Shoppers Drug Mart at 770 Lawrence Ave W is called Via Bagnato)

(We are in one of the Commercial Units of the Treviso 3 Condo at 3091 Dufferin Street. The Road at the
Back of the Condos is Called Via Bagnato. Please Drive in or Walk in through the road at the back of the
Condos, which is also the same road that leads to Shoppers Drug Mart)

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