Reasons for a Pardon

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Getting a Job
Many employers are now conducting police clearance searches before hiring. By signing an application form or an employment agreement, you may be giving your employer permission to conduct a criminal record search. A record will hinder your chances to gain employment.

Losing a Job
Even if you have worked for the same employer for several years, you are not protected against future criminal record search requests within your company. You may lose your job if you have not removed your record prior to a search.

Self Employment
People who are self-employed are not immune to criminal record search requirements. Many companies who sub-contract to individuals or to small businesses are now requiring criminal record searches to be conducted on the employees and the owners of the business. This is especially true in situations where the independent contractor will have access to confidential information or will be working with vulnerable people, such as children. Computer programmers, accountants and nannies are just three examples of careers where criminal record searches are popular.

Career Advancement
Many companies that never before required criminal record searches are now doing so in cases where employees have applied for internal job promotions. Discovery of a record may not only hinder your opportunity for career advancement within the company, but may also lead to being fired.

Ability to be Bonded
Being bonded means that the employer has paid insurance against the risk of employees committing crimes, such as theft. Most people are insurable, but it may cost a company more to insure you if you have a criminal record. If having you bonded is too expensive for the employer, you will not be hired.

Careers that Require a Criminal Record Search
In many cases, an employer must conduct a record search because the law requires that they do. Examples where criminal record searches are conducted include:

  • couriers
  • nurses
  • police officers
  • security guards
  • casino employees
  • car dealers
  • insurance brokers
  • funeral directors
  • volunteers
  • collection agents
  • truck drivers
  • taxi cab / limousine drivers
  • day care workers
  • school teachers
  • investment advisors
  • bank employees
  • any government office

Canadian Immigration ("CIC")
CIC often rejects applications for refugee status, landed status and citizenship, and frequently deport people who have criminal records.

Custody of Your Children
Your child custody and visitation rights may be reduced or eliminated because of your criminal record.

Volunteer Work
Criminal record searches are required by law for people wishing to be volunteers. Most organizations will not permit you to volunteer if you have a criminal record.

Apartment Rental
Some  rental application forms ask if you have a criminal record. You may find it difficult to find a place to live if you have a criminal record.

Educational Opportunities
Many educational programs require criminal record checks.

Peace of Mind
Most people are consciously or sub-consciously distressed by past criminal records. Removing your criminal record is a large part of removing the stigma and shame associated with a criminal past.

USA  Entry

It is illegal to attempt to enter the U.S. with a criminal record, unless you have appropriate immigration status or you have a U.S. Entry Waiver.