Approximately 3.8 million Canadians have a criminal record and only 11% of those eligible apply for a record suspension, largely due to the fact that the fee of $631 is too high for many vulnerable and low-income Canadians;
The current structure of the Record Suspension Program victimizes low-income Canadians and creates roadblocks on their way to being reintegrated into society and the workforce; and
As a society, Canadians should help those who deserve second chances continue to be productive members of society. To ensure second chances we must identify and remove the current barriers limiting the functionality of the Record Suspension Program.
We, the undersigned, citizens and residents of Canada,, call upon the House of Commons to support Private Members’ Motion M-161, “Instruction to the Standing Committee on Public Safety and National Security (Record Suspension Program)”, and allow Canadians who deserve a second chance to reintegrate into the Canadian workforce and participate in society at large.
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