A criminal background check investigates the criminal history of an individual. Information is submitted to the police who will investigate the criminal record of that person and report the results back to the requestor. These checks return results for criminal offences for which a pardon has not been granted within the RCMP National Repository fo Criminal records. It provides information based on the name and date of birth of the individual. Criminal record checks in Canada come in two varieties a standard criminal record check (criminal record check) and a judicial matters check (CRJMC criminal record check).
Since criminal background checks can easily bump up against human rights law and privacy issues, employers are responsible for ensuring there is a bona fide occupational requirement for conducting one.
There are three types of criminal record checks:
This is a name-based criminal record search which uses the RCMP's Canadian Police Information Centre (CPIC) system. The check is a search of the National Repository of Criminal Records based on a person's name and date of birth. It may also include searches of other national and local databases.If a name-based criminal record checks does not provide confirmation, the candidate may be asked to provide fingerprints to their local police service. This is known as a "certified criminal record check."
A standard criminal background check includes:
A Police Information Check - Is confirmation of candidate provided conviction information that is available from local police detachments. It shows the same information as a criminal record check, and additionally includes non-conviction criminal information such as charges, warrants, probation orders, peace bonds, and dispositions of Not Criminally Responsible on account of Mental Disorder (NCR). It may also show other police contact, including contact that involved the use of weapon or behaviour which was violent, threatening or harmful.
A standard Canadian Criminal Background Check includes:
3rd parties are not able to conduct VSCs on behalf of hiring bodies. The candidate will have to request the check via their local police service. VSC’s include all the checks of both CRCs and PICs and include if the person has received a pardon for a sexual offence conviction. Some industries, such as child and elder care, are required by statute to ensure their employees have undertaken a VSC.
Additionally, hiring bodies cannot discriminate against a candidate who has been convicted of an offence unless they can demonstrate that this offence will directly impact their ability to perform the job.
A criminal background check is recommended for candidates when:
CRJMC (Judicial matters) checks are useful when the candidate has a Canadian criminal history. This search queries local police databases, so it can provide additional relevant information about the candidate's interaction with police if the location is known. If the candidate has no criminal history, then requesting a PIC (CRJMC) check provides no additional value over a standard Canadian Criminal Background Check.
Background checks in Canada can cover many parts of an candidate's history. Some checks are general, while others get more detailed. The goal of each check is to verify that what a candidate has claimed is actually true. These are a list of the most common checks, why they are conducted, and who these checks apply to:
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