At Pardon & Waiver Experts, we often hear the question, What's the Difference Between a Record Suspension and a Pardon? There are some significant differences between these two options, both of which are available to convicted criminals in Canada. A record suspension entails the sealing of your criminal record. When your record is sealed, it is no longer accessible to those who run a criminal background check, making it easier for you to get a job, rent an apartment or apply to a university. Canadian criminal record suspension requests are issued via the Parole Board of Canada. With a record suspension, your criminal record still exists, but it's sealed and inaccessible. The exception is legal authorities and government agencies, which can still access your record. In the case of a pardon, your Canadian criminal record is completely erased. This means that you'll come up clear on a criminal background check and a check conducted by government agencies. It is, quite literally, a pardon whereby your criminal conviction is “forgiven,” so to speak. Since pardons entail the elimination of your record, they are a bit more difficult to obtain – unless you have an experienced team of pros working hard on your side! If you need to apply for a record suspension or pardon, Pardon & Waiver Experts can assist! We can walk you through the process of applying for a pardon, which may be obtained in as little as eight months.