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Street Law Smarts

Street Law Smarts fact sheets are intended to assist staff working at agencies serving street youth to help young people with their legal problems. Fact sheet topics include Where to Get Legal Help, Evidence Tips, Leaving Home, Ontario Works & ODSP, Shelters, and more.

Available in:

English

Format:

Booklet/PDF, Web

Produced/Updated In:

2017

Criminal Records and Your Employment

This resource looks at what a criminal record is and how it affects your getting a job, what absolute and conditional discharges are, and what a record suspension is. It includes links to further resources.

Available in:

English

Format:

Booklet/PDF

Produced/Updated In:

2016

How to Apply for a Record Suspension – Video Tutorial

This video tutorial explains how to complete an application for a record suspension step-by-step. Applicants should follow along with a copy of the official Parole Board of Canada Application Guide – there is a link to the guide in this resource.

Available in:

English, Français

Produced by:

Parole Board of Canada

Format:

Video, Web

Produced/Updated In:

2016

Record Suspension Self-assessment Tool

This self-assessment tool is meant to help you find out if you are eligible (or need) to apply for a record suspension. It explains eligibility requirements, which offences are not eligible for a record suspension, and whether you need a record suspension at all.

Available in:

English, Français

Produced by:

Parole Board of Canada

Format:

Web

Produced/Updated In:

2016

Record Suspensions

On this website, you can learn how to apply for a record suspension (formerly called a pardon), find out who gets to apply and how much it costs, and get other relevant information.

Available in:

English, Français

Produced by:

Parole Board of Canada

Format:

Web

Produced/Updated In:

2016

The 10 steps to apply for a record suspension

If you are eligible, have completed all of your sentences, and it is past the waiting period, you can apply for a record suspension. Each of the steps here provides links and instructions.

Available in:

English, Français

Produced by:

Parole Board of Canada

Format:

Web

Produced/Updated In:

2016

Tips for Completing a Record Suspension Application (Video)

This video explains that many applications for record suspensions are returned before they can be processed because of missing or incomplete information. It has simple steps to follow to ensure that your application is complete before you submit it. Text of the video is included.

Available in:

English, Français

Produced by:

Parole Board of Canada

Format:

Video

Produced/Updated In:

2016

Who can conduct a Criminal Records Check?

This section of the RCMP website explains and lists who can conduct criminal record checks, including police services, companies that perform name-based checks, and accredited fingerprinting companies.

Available in:

English, Français

Format:

Web

Produced/Updated In:

2016

An Information Guide for People Impacted by Non-Conviction Police Records in Ontario

This guide is intended to inform and assist people who are affected by (or suspect they may have) non-conviction police records. There is information on what police non-conviction police records are, how they are created and maintained, the types of police record checks used in Ontario and what they reveal, and more.

Available in:

English

Format:

Booklet/PDF

Produced/Updated In:

2014

Self-help kit: Record Suspensions in Canada

This self-help kit on record suspensions (formerly called pardons) includes information such as, What is a record suspension and what are its advantages and limitations?, Who can apply for a record suspension, and when, how, and where can applications be made?, Record suspension Frequently Asked Questions, including a list of the steps involved in the application, and more.

Available in:

English

Format:

Booklet/PDF

Produced/Updated In:

2014

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