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Record Suspension Program

Supporting people involved in the criminal justice system who are eligible to apply for a record suspension

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Contact the Record Suspension Program

Phone Number 604-315-2046

About the Program

The Record Suspension Program assists individuals with the process of applying for a record suspension, formerly called a pardon.


Staff assist with every step of the process and help people navigate potential barriers they may encounter during the process. This includes providing administrative support and financial assistance to cover any fees associated with the application.


Receiving a record suspension means that an individual’s criminal record is kept separate from other records, and it will not show up on a criminal record check. This reduces the stigma and barriers to employment, housing, and education that are typically associated with a criminal record.



Fraser Valley Interior Okanagan Lower Mainland Northern BC Okanagan Vancouver Island Yukon
Individuals living outside of the Lower Mainland and Fraser Valley will receive support by distance.

Admission Criteria

  • Be an adult and live within BC or the Yukon
  • Have a criminal record and be eligible for record suspension
  • Have completed all sentences, including fines, probation, or parole and the appropriate waiting periods

How to Apply

Individuals interested in the program can email or call 604-315-2046.

Contact the Record Suspension Program

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What are the goals of the program?

The goals of the program are to:

  • Help people facing barriers by increasing their awareness of the criminal justice system and their rights within it
  • Increase people’s access to a record suspension

What are the benefits?

A record suspension allows a criminal record to be kept separate and apart from other records, it will not show up on a criminal record check. The benefits are that it removes the stigma attached to a criminal record, and increases individuals’ access to employment, housing, and education.

What are the waiting periods?

To be eligible for the program, service users must have completed all sentences, and the appropriate waiting periods. The waiting period starts when the sentence is completed. It can be either three, five, or ten years. It is determined by the date an individual committed their first offence and whether they were convicted of a summary or indictable conviction.


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