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Here are 10 reasons why you may consider seeking an Ontario criminal record pardon (this is now called a “Record Suspension”) to expunge or erase your criminal record.


It is becoming more of a prerequisite for many types of employment that a criminal record check be completed before you are considered. Getting a pardon can eliminate the possibility of being overlooked for a job you deserve.


Just because you are self-employed does not mean a criminal record will not affect you. Before sub-contracting to an individual or to a business, many companies now require criminal record searches for all employees and owners.

Career Advancement

Before you are awarded a promotion, many companies conduct criminal record checks on those who have applied for career advancements. A criminal record may lead to you being refused the promotion, or may result in your dismissal.

Crossing The Border

The United States does not recognize Canadian pardons, however, getting a pardon will remove your record from CPIC and therefore make it non-existent to the American border crossing authorities.


If the possibility to work or study abroad presents itself a criminal record can impose unnecessary burden. Also, Canadian Immigration (“CIC”) often rejects applications for refugee status, landed status and citizenship.

Volunteer Work

Many organizations require you complete a criminal record check before you are able to volunteer. Do not miss an opportunity to go on a class trip with your child, coach a sports team or become involved in your community because you have a criminal record.

Custody of Your Children

The existence of a criminal record can be an important factor in custody battles and separation proceedings. Your child custody and visitation rights may be reduced or eliminated because of a criminal record.

Further Offences

In the event that you are charged with a further impaired driving offence, a pardon will wipe your record and lead to that offence being treated as a first. This can mean the difference between serving jail time and paying a fine.

Apartment Rental

Many rental application forms ask if you have a criminal record. It may be difficult to find a place to rent if you have a criminal record. A pardon will eliminate this burden.

Peace of Mind

Give yourself the peace of mind knowing that your criminal record no longer exists. We will walk you through the sometimes complicated procedure so you can continue life without worry that your past will surface at any time to haunt you from a distant past.

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