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Criminal Record Check Services

Criminal Background Checks and Certificates

Update Your Background Check! Have your expunged criminal records updated in background checks.

If you have had your criminal record sealed, expunged, set aside or otherwise modified by the court, you have won half the battle. However, private background check providers are likely still reporting old information. To solve this problem, Pardon Canada has formed an exclusive partnership with the nation’s largest criminal record database provider, to help clear criminal records from over 600 private criminal database companies.

“Don’t wait until you have lost your dream job! Take the proactive steps to update your criminal background check within fourteen days, as opposed to the months up to a year that it can take.”

The Expedited Criminal Database Update (ECDU) service will dramatically speed up the process of having your modified criminal record updated and/or removed from private background check companies that are commonly used by employers, landlords, and financial and educational institutions. This is the single, most significant step you can take to ensure that background check companies have updated your record to accurately reflect the court’s order.

Expedited Criminal Database Update includes:

  1. Expedited update and/or removal from over 600 leading private background check companies.
  2. Informational guide and sample letter on how to clear or challenge the results of a background check company reporting outdated information.
  3. $250 credit towards any civil action Pardon Canada takes on your behalf against a potential employer who wrongfully discriminates against you or a background check company that unlawfully distributes outdated information about you.
  4. A PARDON CAN HELP YOUR APPLICATION FOR IMMIGRATION STATUS OR CANADIAN CITIZENSHIP GO A LOT FASTER, MOST IMMIGRATION CASES ARE DENIED BECAUSE OF A PAST CRIMINAL RECORD.

Pardon Canada Background Check Certificate Program

Overview

If you believe that you may have criminal history information stored under more than one name on the criminal history database (CPIC), please include those additional name(s) as aliases on the application. That will assist in the location of additional sealed records not supported by fingerprints. A criminal history record report, which will include any employment and licensing fingerprint events, or a “no record” response, may be used for any personal reason by that individual. However, a record review response cannot replace or supplant a fingerprint supported criminal history background check for employment or licensing where such a check is required by Provincial, federal or municipal law.

The Pardon Canada (PardonCanada.com) provides two types of background certificates:
* Clearance Certificate
A Canada wide search based on your name and date of birth, to determine whether or not you have any criminal convictions in the National Criminal Repository.
* Vulnerable Sector Screening Certificate
• A search intended for those that wish to work or volunteer with the vulnerable sector.

Clearance Certificate

 

Vulnerable Sector Screening Certificate

Processing Times and Fees

  • How long will it take to process my application?

    Pardon Canada has formed an exclusive partnership with the nation’s largest criminal record database provider, to help clear criminal records from over 600 private criminal database companies. We are the largest organization in Canada; therefore we experience a higher volume of applications. Processing times may fluctuate due to volume and time of year.

    Clearance Certificate

    5 – 10 business days
    $192.50

    Vulnerable Sector Search

    8 – 12 weeks
    $156.50 for Employment / $96.95 for Volunteer applications

  • How can I pay?
    For Clearance Certificate applications – MasterCard or Visa. 
For Vulnerable Sector Search applications – Certified cheque or money order made payable to Pardon Canada.
  • I put an application in and I haven’t heard back.
    If your application has surpassed our normal processing time frame, you can contact us to follow up toll-free at 1-866-922-8159.
  • Can I get a check expedited or completed in one day?

    Pardon Canada will process applications on a first come, first served basis. We are unable to provide same day service, but will try to accommodate due to an extenuating circumstance.

Request for Fingerprints

  • Why do I have to get my fingerprints taken?

    Sometimes municipal services may not have sufficient information in order to proceed with the application; therefore a submission of fingerprints is required.

    • This is confirmation of identity, and mandated by the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP).
    • It also ensures that the information supplied is accurate and does not apply to anyone else.
  • Where do I get my fingerprints taken?
    From the moment of eligibility, your Pardon Canada case worker is there to take care of every single arrangement for your Fingerprint appointment, Pardon, Waiver, Vulnerable Sector Search appointments, and help with all the applications – including supportive payment of all court costs. No matter what you need, we’ll make it happen!. Sit back and relax, we’ve got you covered.

General Questions

  • Can I re-use a clearance letter or a vulnerable sector check when applying for another position or would I need to repeat the entire process?

    A Pardon Canada background screening (both clearance certificate and vulnerable sector search) represents a clear criminal record on the day it is done.

    • A criminal record can change after a search of records has been completed and the result of the check has been issued.
    • At their discretion, any agency may determine that they may only accept a recent background screening.
    • There is no renewal process – each request is considered as new, whether or not the applicant has applied previously.
  • If I’m a resident of another jurisdiction, can Pardon Canada do my check?
    A clearance Certificate is a Canada-wide search which can be obtained by contacting us directly.
A vulnerable sector screening certificate must be requested from the local case manager at the time of your initial case assessment. We will instantly assign a case manager based upon the area in which you reside after you apply online.
  • I live out of the country – what must I do?

    You can apply for a clearance letter by mail, indicating your name, date of birth, and full mailing address. Include two original notarized copies of your identification, and payment in the form of a certified cheque or money order in Canadian funds. 
An authorized party can also apply on your behalf, and must provide two original notarized copies of your identification and an authorization letter.

    • Fill out our simple form to find out in Seconds if you qualify for a Canadian Pardon. Or call 1-866-922-8159. We serve Canadians everywhere with guaranteed processing of Canadian Pardon & U.S. Entry Waiver applications.
    • Additional application services include Canadian Passport, and Non-Conviction Record Destructions. Pardon Canada offers phone, email, and website login support to ensure that each applicant is fully aware of the current and future status of each application.

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General Questions

Q: Where can I get a clearance certificate?

A: Applications can be made on-line, or by telephone.

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Q: What do I need to bring with me?

A: You will need to submit two government-issued pieces of identification; one must have your photo.

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Q: When is my clearance certificate ready for pick-up?

A: Online applications will receive an email when letter is ready for pick-up. 
All other applications are mailed directly to the applicant.

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Q: If I apply online will it be faster than if I apply in person?

A: The processing time is the same regardless of the application method.

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Vulnerable Sector Screening Certificate

Q: How do I apply for a vulnerable sector-screening certificate?

A: Individuals can apply directly through requesting an application through the main www.PardonCanada.com website form.

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Q: Where do I get the application for the vulnerable sector check?

A: We will provide you with the application form. The form is on legal-sized paper and must be signed by your personal local caseworker (will be provided to you).

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Processing Times and Fees

Q:Can I have a came management expert from my province contact me before I pay for the vulnerable sector check?

A: Pardon Canada has formed an exclusive partnership with the nation’s largest criminal record database provider, to help clear criminal records from over 600 private criminal database companies. We are the largest organization in Canada; therefore we experience a higher volume of applications. Processing times may fluctuate due to volume and time of year.

.Clearance Certificate

5 – 10 business days

$192.50

.Vulnerable Sector Search 8 – 12 weeks

$156.50 for Employment / $96.95 for Volunteer applications

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Q: How long will it take to process my application?

A: For Clearance Certificate applications – MasterCard or Visa. 
For Vulnerable Sector Search applications – Certified cheque or money order made payable to Pardon Canada.

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Q: How can I pay?

A: If your application has surpassed our normal processing time frame, you can contact us to follow up toll-free at 1-866-922-8159.

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Q: I put an application in and I haven’t heard back.

A: Pardon Canada will process applications on a first come, first served basis. We are unable to provide same day service, but will try to accommodate due to an extenuating circumstance.

back ↑

Request for Fingerprints

Q: Can I get a check expedited or completed in one day?

A: Sometimes municipal services may not have sufficient information in order to proceed with the application; therefore a submission of fingerprints is required.

  • This is confirmation of identity, and mandated by the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP).
  • It also ensures that the information supplied is accurate and does not apply to anyone else.

back ↑

Q: Why do I have to get my fingerprints taken?

A: From the moment of eligibility, your Pardon Canada case worker is there to take care of every single arrangement for your Fingerprint appointment, Pardon, Waiver, Vulnerable Sector Search appointments, and help with all the applications – including supportive payment of all court costs. No matter what you need, we’ll make it happen!. Sit back and relax, we’ve got you covered.

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General Questions

Q:Where do I get my fingerprints taken?

A: A Pardon Canada background screening (both clearance certificate and vulnerable sector search) represents a clear criminal record on the day it is done.

    • A criminal record can change after a search of records has been completed and the result of the check has been issued.
    • At their discretion, any agency may determine that they may only accept a recent background screening.
    • There is no renewal process – each request is considered as new, whether or not the applicant has applied previously.

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Q:Can I re-use a clearance letter or a vulnerable sector check when applying for another position or would I need to repeat the entire process?

A: A clearance Certificate is a Canada-wide search which can be obtained by contacting us directly.
A vulnerable sector screening certificate must be requested from the local case manager at the time of your initial case assessment. We will instantly assign a case manager based upon the area in which you reside after you apply online.

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Q: If I’m a resident of another jurisdiction, can Pardon Canada do my check?

A:A clearance Certificate is a Canada-wide search which can be obtained by contacting us directly.
A vulnerable sector screening certificate must be requested from the local case manager at the time of your initial case assessment. We will instantly assign a case manager based upon the area in which you reside after you apply online.

back ↑

Q: If I’m a resident of another jurisdiction, can Pardon Canada do my check?

A:A clearance Certificate is a Canada-wide search which can be obtained by contacting us directly.
A vulnerable sector screening certificate must be requested from the local case manager at the time of your initial case assessment. We will instantly assign a case manager based upon the area in which you reside after you apply online.

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Q: I live out of the country – what must I do?

A: You can apply for a clearance letter by mail, indicating your name, date of birth, and full mailing address. Include two original notarized copies of your identification, and payment in the form of a certified cheque or money order in Canadian funds. 
An authorized party can also apply on your behalf, and must provide two original notarized copies of your identification and an authorization letter.

  • Fill out our simple form to find out in Seconds if you qualify for a Canadian Pardon. Or call 1-866-922-8159. We serve Canadians everywhere with guaranteed processing of Canadian Pardon & U.S. Entry Waiver applications.
  • Additional application services include Canadian Passport, and Non-Conviction Record Destructions. Pardon Canada offers phone, email, and website login support to ensure that each applicant is fully aware of the current and future status of each application.

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