Here’s what your employer will see when they check your criminal record.
What is a criminal record check?
A criminal record check is a review process conducted by the RCMP that indicates whether you have been charged or convicted of a crime. Criminal record checks are often required by law or mandatory safety standards. To request one, all you need is a name, date of birth, and written consent from the individual being screened to check against the RCMP’s Canadian Police Information Centre (CPIC) system. A fingerprint may be requested if the information provided does not match the system’s records.
Once the check is complete, the RCMP provides a report that indicates the presence of criminal charges and convictions. This report will not list the types of charges or offences.
When is a criminal record check required?
Applying for a job
Many employers request a criminal record check during the selection process. This is done to ensure that they are aware of any criminal history you have and to keep the workplace safe.
Certain jobs are more likely to ask for one than others, such as:
- Those that work with vulnerable sectors (i.e. children and seniors),
- Government positions,
- Roles with financial authority, and
- Healthcare providers.
Applying for tenancy
In some regions, tenancy laws permit landlords to ask for a criminal record check before selecting a new tenant. This is to lower the risk involved with entering a rental agreement. However, landlords are typically not allowed to reject a tenant based on criminal record alone unless they can prove it is relevant. If you are applying for a rental unit and you have a criminal record, be sure to research your housing rights.
Applying for a professional association
Professional associations, such as Chartered Professional Accountants Canada (CPA), may check criminal records before offering membership status. This is to prevent providing professional certification to those who may abuse it.
How to get a criminal record check
1. In person through the RCMP
You can request a criminal record check directly through your local RCMP station. For a fee, the RCMP will perform the check and mail you your results. However, this process can take up to 120 business days to complete and the station may be limiting visitors due to Covid-19.
2. Online through Instant Record Check
Stay socially distanced and request a criminal record check from the comfort of your own home through Instant Record Check. Instant Record Check has partnered with the RCMP to offer affordable and instant virtual reports. Visit our website to learn more.