The rehabilitation (the Pardon) is a measure that allows a person convicted of a criminal offence to have his criminal record removed from other court files offenders.
The Criminal Records Act allows all records and documents pertaining to convictions of a rehabilitated person, arrested by the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, a federal department or agency, to be deleted.
Thus, the information relating to these convictions are removed from the computer system of the Information Centre of the Canadian police.
Anyone who has been convicted of a criminal offence and who has completely served his sentence may request a Pardon. When a person has been the subject of several convictions, he must have completely served all sentences imposed.
For example, it is considered that a person has fully served his sentence when he has paid the fine, the surcharge and fees in full; fully complied with the restitution order; finished serving his sentence in prison, including the period of conditional release or official release; finished serving his sentence of imprisonment; completed his probationary period in compliance with the conditions.
The decision to grant a Pardon is made by the National Parole Board under the Criminal Records Act.
When a person is convicted of a criminal offence, information regarding such conviction is entered into a criminal record. This criminal record is filed with the court files of other offenders, unless that person obtains a Pardon.
If you are found guilty you unfortunately have a criminal record for life, and this record does not automatically get deleted over time, to delete it you must go through the Pardon process.