This page gives general information only, and is not meant to replace legal advice from a lawyer.

You do not need a lawyer or other representative to apply for a record suspension. If you have questions about or want to apply for a record suspension, you should contact the Parole Board of Canada or call their Record Suspension info line toll free at 1-800-874-2652.

Does everyone who has been convicted of an offence have a criminal record?

Anyone who is 18 years of age or older and has been convicted of a criminal offence has a criminal record. If you have been convicted of a provincial offence - for example, a ticket under the Motor Vehicle Act, Liquor Control Act, or Protection of Property Act - you will not have a criminal record for that offence.

Updated January 2022