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What Are the Limitations of a Record Suspension?
A Record Suspension Does Not Eliminate Discrimination in all Cases. Here is a List of Some Limitations:
A Record Suspension (or Pardon) may not be recognized by a foreign country and may not guarantee that you will be granted entry privileges.
A suspended record does not erase the fact that you were convicted of an offence.
A Record Suspension does not return to you driving privileges or the ability to possess a firearm (if prohibited from having a Driver’s Licence or firearm).
Courts and Police Services (excluding RCMP) are governed by provincial and municipal legislation. Though they are not obligated to keep pardoned and suspended files separate from other convictions, most will.
If other persons, agencies or foreign countries have details of your criminal record, they will not be asked or required to remove it. A separate request may be required to have local police purge criminal-related information, including arrest records.
The police have the authority to retrieve suspended sex offences during employment and volunteer pre-screening involving work in the vulnerable sector. If a civil search or search of a pardoned or suspended record results in the finding of a sex offence, a police clearance certificate will not be issued and employment or volunteering will not be allowed with the vulnerable sector.
A Record Suspension will most likely be revoked if you re-offend. Further, if you are facing charges before court, a suspended record can be opened and presented before the courts as prior offences can affect the outcome of sentencing.
If your court case was published on the internet, it may not be removed without a court order.