You cannot get rid of a criminal record, but you can apply to have your criminal record set aside through a record suspension. You are eligible to apply for a record suspension after a waiting period of 5 years following a summary offence, or 10 years following an indictable offence.
You cannot apply for a record suspension if you have been convicted of a sexual offence involving a child, or if you have been convicted of more than three indictable offences with respective sentences of two years or more.
Your record suspension may be revoked if you are convicted of a new offence, if you are found to not be of good conduct, or if you are found to have misled the Parole Board during your application.
For further details about this process, or to obtain assistance with the record suspension process, please visit the Pardons page of this website.