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What is a criminal background check?

A Canadian criminal background check will provide you with a detailed report of criminal convictions and sentences for all provinces and territories in Canada.

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Why is this information important?

Insight into the applicant's Criminal Record and convictions reveal a history and possibly a future indicator for:
  • Violent and Threatening Behaviour
  • Substance Abuse
  • Theft
  • Mischief
  • Property Damage
  • Fraud

Candidates will often hide having prior convictions that are covered under the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act as well as the Criminal Code of Canada.

As an employer, you may ask this question: “Do you have a criminal record for which a pardon has not been granted?” You may ask during the interview or on the application form itself. You can disqualify the candidate if a “No, I do not have a criminal record” response is later revealed to be false.

Criminal Record Checks are based on information maintained on file by the Canadian Police Information Centre (CPIC) relied upon by all police services. Results are fast, convenient and compliant with Human Rights, and privacy legislation.