On March 12, 2012, the Conservative government passed The Omnibus Bill (Bill C10), also known as the Safe Streets and Communities Act, which dramatically changed the availability and applicability of pardons in Canada. Now, pardons have been renamed “record suspensions”. As the name implies, a criminal record will be “suspended”, but not extinguished, and can be rescinded in the event a person is convicted of a subsequent criminal offence. Although record suspensions are not recognized by the United States Department of Homeland Security, they are particularly important to obtain employment in Ontario, as many employers require a criminal records check prior to offering employment. We have assisted many clients with the application process for record suspensions. Contact us for a confidential consultation.