Pardon

The Crown’s full or partial exemption of an offender from the punishment prescribed for an offence and from the disabilities consequent to conviction. On recommendation of the National Parole Board, the Governor in Council (federal Cabinet) may grant a pardon to any individual, which removes a particular offence from any criminal records in the custody of federal agencies. A pardon is broadly available but not until a prescribed period of time after the full completion of the sentence.

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