Having a criminal record can negatively impact a person’s ability to find employment, housing and other services therefore all those who are eligible for a record suspension are encouraged to apply. The John Howard Society of Sault Ste. Marie has been assisting people to complete the applications for the past 10 years on a fee for service basis. John Howard Staff staff can help you through the Record Suspension process and ensure that all of the conditions are met before the application is submitted.
A caution about Private Services
You may have seen ads for companies that say they can get you a record suspension faster, easier or “guaranteed.” The truth is, it’s impossible for them to speed up or guarantee the process or outcome. The eligibility requirements and process are the same for everyone, no matter if they apply through a company or on their own — everyone gets the same consideration. You do not have to pay a private company or a lawyer to obtain a record suspension, you can go through the process yourself and only pay the document and application fees.
However, if you’re having difficulty with the process and would like some assistance, try getting information and help from:
- The Parole Board of Canada helpline (toll- free): 1-800-874-2652