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Function of a pardon in Canada
A pardon keeps a judicial record of a conviction separate and apart from other criminal records, and gives law abiding citizens an opportunity to reintegrate into Canadian society. All information is removed about the conviction for which an individual received the pardon from the Canadian Police Information Centre (CPIC). Federal agencies cannot give out information about the conviction without approval from the Minister of Public Safety Canada.
A pardon does not, however, erase the fact that an individual was convicted of a crime. The criminal record is not erased, but it is kept separate and apart from other (non-pardoned) criminal records.
A pardon removes disqualifications caused by a criminal conviction, for example the ability to contract with the federal government.
A pardon does not guarantee entry or visa privileges to another country. Before travelling to another country, individuals should contact the authorities of the country in question to find out what the requirements are to enter that country.
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