Criminal Record Check
A person whose criminal record suggests they present a risk of physical or sexual abuse to children or a risk of physical, sexual or financial abuse to vulnerable adults will not have access to these groups.
To support British Columbia’s non-profit sector, volunteer organizations that are not covered by the act, but have volunteers working with children or vulnerable adults, can have criminal record checks done by the CRRP for free.
For-profit organizations not covered by the Criminal Records Review Act, who require criminal record checks for employees or volunteers, are encouraged to contact their local police.
To help police provide a common approach to record checks, the Ministry of Justice has developed model policy guidelines (PDF). The guidelines detail the type of information police should or should not release about the findings of a criminal record check. The BC Association of Chiefs of Police endorses the guidelines.
Please be aware, Canada Post may experience a labour disruption as of August 29th. Criminal Record Checks requiring additional screening or with incomplete application information may be delayed as a result of disruptions in mail service.
Mail service shutdowns lasting longer than 3 business days will impact correspondence to clients requiring additional screenings and fingerprinting in order to obtain a Criminal Record Check clearance. All correspondence for additional screenings must be sent to the individual applicant via mail, and cannot be sent to the organization and cannot be sent via email. It is possible that outbound mail to clients will be held until postal service resumes.
If the organization would like to receive clearances for their applicants via e-mail to prevent any disruption to work, please complete one of the applicable forms and send in to the Criminal Records Review Program for processing:
We appreciate the inconvenience that can be caused by a postal disruption. If you have any questions or concerns regarding Criminal Record Checks during postal service disruption, please contact the Criminal Records Review Program at 1-855-857-0185 option 2 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Criminal Records Review Program is processing a large number of applications, including mandatory 5 year rechecks. To assist with the processing of your application, please ensure it is complete before submitting it to us.
Current Processing Dates:
- Employee Criminal Record Checks - Week of July 22nd
- Volunteer Criminal Record Checks - Week of August 3rd
- Sharing Requests - Week of July 27th
New Criminal Record Check Process
In the fall of 2016, the Security Programs Division is making some changes to criminal record check processes in order to improve customer service. If you are obtaining a criminal record check for employment purposes then you will see changes; however, criminal record checks for volunteers done by the CRRP will see little to no change in their processes but may see improved turnaround times.
Here is a brief overview of what to expect:
- New, improved forms that are clearer, easier to complete, and with updated instructions.
- A new, dedicated fax line incorporating modern scanning technology; this will reduce turnaround time for both volunteer and employment criminal record checks.
- Instead of paying up-front, applicants will only be required to pay after the consent form is reviewed for completeness and correct jurisdiction, reducing re‑submissions or the need to re‑send payment information for incomplete applications.
- New payment options including an email with a link to pay online with a credit card, or pay by printing an attached form to mail in along with certified cheque or money order.
This new process is expected to result in more convenient and secure payment as well as significantly reduced turnaround times for faxed or emailed applications that do not result in criminal history identified:
- Applications for employees where payment is required will take approximately two weeks when the applicant pays online in a prompt timeframe.
- Applications that don’t require payment (volunteers or account holders) will take about one week to process.
Please note, however, that mailed applications and applications where the applicant sends in a cheque or money order or credit card form will continue to take 4-6 weeks to process.
Applicants and organizations should continue to check this website regularly over the next few months for more details about the upcoming changes.