The text of the Eliminating Pardons for Serious Crimes Act, Bill C-23, introduced in the House yesterday, is available here. It amends the Criminal Records Act, R.S.C. 1985, c. C-47. The official summary of the Bill reads as follows:
This enactment amends the Criminal Records Act to substitute the term “record suspension” for the term “pardon”. It extends the ineligibility periods for applications for a record suspension. It also makes certain offences ineligible for a record suspension and enables the National Parole Board to consider additional factors when deciding whether to order a record suspension.
According to statistics on the National Parole Board website, in the last year for which records are public (2008-2009) 39,628 pardons were granted by the Board, 111,769 pardons in the last five years, and, as the Board says:
[s]ince 1970, more than 400,000 Canadians have received pardons. 96 percent of these are still in force, indicating that the vast majority of pardon recipients remain crime-free in the community.
Apparently, the Parole Board doesn’t release a breakdown of the offences of those granted pardons.