Yes, obtaining a security licence in Ontario is possible if you’ve had a criminal past. The Ontario Ministry of Community Safety and Correctional Services conducts background checks before approving an application and considers your criminal history. If you were previously convicted of a crime, you must receive a pardon or a record suspension to qualify for an Ontario security license.
What is a Pardon or Record Suspension—and How Do I Get One?
A pardon or record suspension clears your past criminal charges. It is a formal indication that your crimes are past you. You are eligible for a pardon if you have completed your sentence and shown the Canadian government that you’ve been a law-abiding citizen.
There are over 80 crimes you must get a pardon for to receive an Ontario security licence. The complete list is on the Ontario Ministry website. Some of the crimes include:
- Fraud or Theft over $5000
- Forgery of or Uttering a Forged Passport
- Damage to Property
- Aggravated Assault
- Assault with a Weapon or Causing Bodily Harm
You are not eligible for a pardon if you’ve committed the following:
- A Schedule 1 Offence (offence involving a child) under the Criminal Records Act
- More than three (3) offences were prosecuted by indictment, each with a prison sentence of two (2) years or more.
The waiting periods to receive your pardon vary from 3 to 10 years and depend on the crime you’ve committed and the date you were convicted. Visit the Government of Canada’s website to see if you are eligible for a pardon and how to apply. You can also visit Pardons Canada for more information about the pardon process.
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