John Howard Society of London & District

Record Suspension

The John Howard Society of London and District has workers who will provide assistance in completing record suspension (formerly known as pardons) applications and information on travel waivers (document that allows Canadians with a criminal record to travel to other countries).  This service assists individuals in regaining confidence, finding employment and boosting their self esteem.

This program is offered on a fee for service basis.  Fees are calculated on a sliding scale based on income. Fee structure will be discussed upon intake.

How we help you?

Our experienced staff will help you by:

  • Assisting with completing an application for Record Suspension and/or Travel Waivers
  • Providing confidential service and support
  • Liaising with police services, Court officials, RCMP, and the Parole Board of Canada on your behalf
  • Obtaining all necessary Court documents/record of proceedings
  • Submitting your application to the Parole Board of Canada
  • Responding to requests/further requirements from the Parole Board of Canada
  • Assisting with appeals

“I am proud of how far I have come and my children’s accomplishments thus far.  Thank you to the John Howard Society for assisting me with a record suspension and helping me move forward with my life.” – Client Testimonial

“My first record suspension client came in to see me with a lot of anxiety about the application process. There is a lot of paperwork involved and being older he felt overwhelmed with where to begin. I explained the steps to him and told him he could come back in between each step so we could go over everything together. This calmed his nerves about the process. When it came to the police check paperwork, he felt nervous about going to the police station and asked if I would go with him. I walked him over and stood with him while he was going through the paperwork with the clerk. He was very thankful for my presence and shared it helped him follow through with the task. He eventually sent off the complete package to the Parole Board of Canada after reviewing all the steps with me. After 2 and a half months he called me saying he got his approved letter in the mail and felt a great sense of relief.  He was very thankful for the help I provided and happy with himself for accomplishing this task.” – Staff Testimonial