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Record Suspension

Parole Board of Canada - Record Suspension

Phone contact: 1-800-874-2652 (toll free)

Email contact: [email protected]

Website contact:

You must contact the local police service where the crime was committed for the records search portion of the record suspension application.

A Record Suspension (Pardon) application can be completed by individuals without the assistance of a lawyer or any other agency.

If it has been five (5) years (summary offence) or ten (10) years (indictable offence), since you completed your last sentence, you may apply to the Parole Board of Canada for a record suspension. Everything you’ll need to know is included in a booklet put out by the Parole Board of Canada, which is available, free of charge from the Records office of any police agency.

Record Suspension Application Booklets may be picked up at the Records Unit of the Niagara Regional Police Service at 5700 Valley Way, Niagara Falls. The booklet may also be downloaded from the Parole Board of Canada website at

Part of the application process involves submitting fingerprints. Please attend an accredited fingerprinting agency for this purpose.

When your fingerprints are received back from the R.C.M.P., a copy of the Local Police Records Check form in the booklet must be taken to every police agency where you have lived in the past 5 years. In the Niagara region, this form must be brought to our Records Unit anytime 8:30am and 3:30pm Monday thru Friday, along with two pieces of valid personal identification (one with a photo). We charge a fee of $50.00 for this service.

If you no longer live in the Niagara area and cannot attend our Records Unit, you can mail the Local Police Records Check to us at the following address:

Niagara Regional Police Service
Att'n: Records Supervisor
5700 Valley Way
Niagara Falls, ON L2E 1X8

A clear photocopy of two pieces of valid identification (one with photo) must accompany the form, along with a certified cheque or a postal or money order in the amount of $50.00 CDN. The form will be processed within 14 days of receipt and mailed back to you. Please be sure to indicate a return address.

You do not need a lawyer or representative to apply for a Record Suspension. This will not accelerate the review of your application, nor convey it any special status. The Parole Board of Canada treats all applications in the same way, regardless of whether it was submitted through a lawyer or private company, or directly by the applicant themself.

You can apply for a Record Suspension by following the step-by-step instructions and submitting your completed application forms to the Parole Board of Canada with a $644.88 processing fee made payable to the Receiver General for Canada.

For more information or assistance with obtaining a Record Suspension you may call the Parole Board of Canada at 1-800-874-2652.