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House Government Bill
40th Parliament, 3rd Session
March 3, 2010 - March 26, 2011
Text of the Bill
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An Act to amend the Criminal Records Act
Short Title
Limiting Pardons for Serious Crimes Act
Statute of Canada
2010, c. 5
Last Stage Completed
Royal Assent (2010-06-29)
Progress: Royal Assent
Legislative Summary
A legislative summary is currently being prepared for this bill by the Parliamentary Information and Research Service of the Library of Parliament. Meanwhile, the following executive summary is available.

On 11 May 2010, the Minister of Public Safety introduced Bill C-23, An Act to amend the Criminal Records Act and to make consequential amendments to other Acts (Eliminating Pardons for Serious Crimes Act), in the House of Commons and it was given first reading.

Bill C-23 amends the Criminal Records Act to substitute the term “record suspension” for the term “pardon” while also extending the ineligibility periods for applications for a record suspension. The bill also makes those convicted of sexual offences against minors ineligible for a record suspension, along with those who have been convicted of more than three indictable offences. The bill also enables the National Parole Board to consider additional factors when deciding whether to order a record suspension.
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