Criminal Records

An adult (a person over the age of 18) who has been convicted of a crime will have a criminal record. The police, Crown prosecutors, customs offers and other government officials can read criminal records. Members of the public cannot read them.

A person with a criminal record might not be able to travel outside of Canada. For example, a person with a criminal record may be stopped at the airport when he or she is taking a trip to the United States. It may also prevent someone from getting a job.

A conviction stays on a person’s criminal record for a long time. The length of time depends on the type of crime that was committed. 

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