A Record Suspension may be a viable option if you are a permanent resident seeking to become a citizen and have committed an offence in Canada. This record suspension will not wipe the slate clean, as a record of your conviction will still be kept, but information about this conviction will be kept separate from other criminal databases.
Therefore, these offences will not appear in a background check. The goal of a record suspension is to allow rehabilitated people the opportunity to resume normal life and adapt back into society without facing the difficulties of having a criminal record.
Note, if you do re-offend after you have received your record suspension, your previous offences may return to appearing in normal criminal searches.
If you intend on submitting your application without the support of a representative, there are a couple of factors you should keep in mind.