Important notice for pardon applicants in the backlog
(applications submitted before February 22, 2012)

All pardon applications for summary offences in the backlog have been processed. The PBC is working to clear all remaining applications in the backlog by March 31, 2017.*

The PBC is currently processing remaining applications as follows:

Type of offence Applications being processed at this time
Indictable (regular) Accepted up to December 6, 2011
Indictable (serious personal injury/sexual offence) Accepted up to January 15, 2012

Note: While remaining pardon applications in the backlog continue to be processed in the order of the date they were accepted as complete, as a further operational measure to expedite processing, some applications requiring less investigations may be reviewed ahead of others (e.g., applicants with only one conviction, historical nature of the offence).


Why is there a backlog of pardon applications?

The backlog developed as a result of amendments to the Criminal Records Act (CRA) in June 2010. These changes to the CRA significantly increased the complexity and amount of work required by the PBC to process a pardon application.

The user fee in place at that time, which was already unsustainable, did not cover the additional costs needed to process a pardon under these amendments. As a result, a backlog of pardon applications developed.

Why hasn't the backlog of pardon applications been cleared yet?

The PBC has taken significant steps to address the backlog. The Board has reduced the backlog from a total of 22,320 to approximately 4,500 and continues to process these remaining applications.

Why are record suspensions being processed ahead of pardons?

Unlike pardon applications, record suspension applications operate under a full-cost recovery model ($631 user fee).

Under the User Fees Act, these applications must by law be processed according to specific service standards.

  • Up to 6 months for a summary offence;
  • Up to 12 months for an indictable offence;
  • Up to 24 months where the Board proposes to refuse.

Can I withdraw my pardon application and re-apply for a record suspension?

You may withdraw your application at any time and for any reason.

If you are considering withdrawing your pardon application you should first check that you qualify for a record suspension under the current Criminal Records Act, as the eligibility requirements have changed.

Because work to process pardon applications in the backlog has already been completed up to the investigation stage, no refund can be given if you decide to withdraw your pardon application.

NOTE: If you choose to withdraw your pardon application and re-apply for a record suspension, the Board will transfer your pardon application to the record suspension program. Before you can withdraw your pardon application and re-apply for a record suspension, the Board must receive:

  1. A signed letter from you stating that you wish to discontinue your pardon application, acknowledging that you will not be refunded the $150 pardon fee, and that you will submit an application for a record suspension.
  2. A completed and signed Record Suspension Application form.
  3. A new completed Local Police Records Check (LPRC) form: all other documents remain valid and do NOT need to be re-submitted. Go here to access a copy of the LPRC form.
  4. Payment of the $631 Record Suspension fee.

Applicants should consult the Record Suspension Application Guide for information on how to apply and eligibility criteria.

 * (does not include pardon applications for offences where the Board has processed the applications, but is proposing to refuse to grant a pardon).