What is the CPIC? A Look at Canada’s Police Information Database

In Canada, details of an individual’s criminal record are stored on a central database known as the Canadian Police Information Center, or “CPIC.” The database is maintained by the RCMP and is considered to be the chief source of information about criminal records in Canada.

The CPIC database contains information on all persons who are of special interest to or under surveillance by police, whether they are wanted, accused or on probation. This information is disseminated to government departments and authorized law enforcement agencies throughout Canada, the U.S. and abroad for security investigations.

Individuals who have been convicted of offences and have subsequently been rehabilitated can seek a pardon, which is where National Pardon Center comes in. We help offenders who have served their full sentence to apply to the Parole Board of Canada for a pardon. Once granted, the pardon restricts the RCMP and other agencies in the handling and disclosure of records of pardoned offences.

Obtaining a pardon (also known as a record suspension) is granted by the federal government of Canada and will seal one’s criminal record. All charges and all convictions will be removed and kept separate from active criminal records stored in the CPIC database. Once a pardon is granted, no third party can access your file without prior written permission from the Minister of Public Safety.

For more information on how to obtain a pardon for previous offenses, contact National Pardon Centre today. 1-866-242-2411.

About Michael Ashby

Michael Ashby is Co-Founder and Communications Director for the National Pardon Centre. Get in touch with Michael by sending an email to mashby@nationalpardon.org or calling extension 227.Michael Ashby est le co-fondateur et le directeur des communications au Centre du Pardon national. Contactez Michael par email au mashby@nationalpardon.org ou par téléphone au poste 227.


  • Del says:

    Hello Micheal I was wondering, I have been to the us so many times and have never had any problems, I am now applying for a Nexus. On the tick box it asked the question have I had a pardon and I said no hoping that they would not find out, as it has been so many years for my pardon and my papers were destroyed too, my question is can they find out.

    • Michael Ashby says:

      Hi Del,

      I hope you haven’t submitted the application yet. If you do the Americans will definitely find the criminal record and your application will be refused. Further if it is for an inadmissible offence you will be deemed inadmissible and require a US entry waiver in the future.

      If you would like to discuss feel free to give me a call.

      Kind regards,

      514.842.2411 x 227

  • Donald Michaels says:

    I have a question.. Years ago in Ontario I was arrested but never charged for theft over $5000. I left the province and have never been back. I have never heard anything more, it’s been at least 6 years now.. I was recently pulled over and issued a traffic ticket though, would the officer not have seen any of that in CPIC?

    • Michael says:

      Hi Donald,

      The simple answer is maybe, maybe not. The only way to be sure is to certify a set of fingerprints. If they come back clean then there is nothing showing. If something shows up we can take care of it.

      Kind regards,


  • Rachel says:

    Hi- COuld you please tell me where can I take training to work as a CPIC operator?

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