What Are the Eligibility Criteria for Canadian Pardons?

In Canada, a pardon, officially referred to as a record suspension, is a legal process through which individuals with criminal convictions can have their records separated from those of individuals without criminal records. Once a pardon is granted, the criminal record is not erased but is set aside in the Canadian Police Information Centre (CPIC) database, making it inaccessible during most background checks. This process helps in alleviating the long-term negative impacts of having a criminal record.