If you have a criminal record in Canada, you might need a Canadian pardon in order to perform certain activities such as working abroad. Having a criminal record can limit your job and travel opportunities. In fact, if you have a criminal background in Canada and you wish to cross the border into the United States, you will need to obtain a Canadian pardon and a United States entry waiver.
The Parole Board of Canada is governed by the Criminal Records Act and has the power to revoke, deny, grant and issue pardons.
Terms for Obtaining a Pardon
In order to apply for a Canadian pardon, you must have served the sentence for your conviction. You must also wait at least three years after you have served your sentence if you have a summary conviction. If you have an indictable conviction, you will have to wait between five years and ten years after you have served your sentence.
Getting a Canadian Pardon with a Summary Conviction
If you have a summary conviction, the Parole Board of Canada has to first confirm that you waited three years after finishing your sentence for your last conviction. The Board will then check with the Royal Canadian Mounted Police to make sure that you have not been convicted of anything else since your last conviction. Note that the Parole Board of Canada treats summary sexual offences as indictable offences.
Getting a Canadian Pardon with an Indictable Conviction
If you wish to obtain a Canadian pardon with an indictable conviction, the Parole Board of Canada has to make sure that you have waited between five years and ten years since you completed your sentence for your last conviction. They will then check with the Royal Canadian Mounted Police to ensure that you have not been convicted of anything and were on good conduct during that time.
They will grant you your pardon, if there haven’t been any allegations against you concerning any type of criminal behavior.
What You Need to Obtain a Canadian Pardon to Work Abroad
You need several important documents to obtain a pardon in Canada to work abroad.
1) Canadian pardon application. Your application must include court information forms and record checks such as your proof of conviction and criminal record.
2) Proof of citizenship. In addition, you have to have proof of your citizenship in order to obtain a Canadian pardon. This can be a citizenship card or a birth certificate. If you are an immigrant, you need to have proof of your immigration status. This might include a permanent resident card.
3) Photo ID. This might include a provincial photo ID sheet, a passport or a driver’s license.
For more information on obtaining your Canadian Pardon visit the RCMP website.