Who Must Have Their Criminal Record Checked

Under the Criminal Records Review Act, you must have a criminal record review conducted by the Criminal Records Review Program (CRRP) if you:

  • Work with children or vulnerable adults, or
  • Have unsupervised access to children or vulnerable adults during your employment, occupation or education, or
  • Are licensed by or receiving funding from the provincial government

This can include:

  • Hospital employees
  • Non-teaching staff in schools such as custodians and administrative support
  • Early childhood educators
  • Daycare employees
  • Employees and volunteers in facilities that care for vulnerable adults

Employees of Companies Contracted by Provincially Operated or Funded Organizations

If you are an employee of a company that is contracted by a provincially operated or funded organization you may be required to have a criminal record check.

For example, if you have unsupervised access to vulnerable people at the publicly funded care facility where you are a contracted worker, you must have a criminal record check.


In order to teach in British Columbia you must undergo a criminal record check by the CRRP. Checks must be repeated every five years. Visit the Teacher Regulation Branch website for more information.

Post-Secondary Students

Post-secondary students working with vulnerable people as part of a practicum must undergo a criminal record check by the CRRP.

Family Child and Adult Care Centres

If you operate, work or volunteer for a licensed family-run childcare, or a licensed or registered adult care facility, you must undergo a criminal record check by the CRRP.

If you operate or work for an unlicensed but registered daycare, you must undergo a check.

If you are 12 years old or over and are normally present in a licensed childcare or licensed or registered adult care facility, you must also undergo a CRRP criminal record check.

Regulated Professions

You will need to undergo a criminal record check by the CRRP if you are a member of one of these professions:

International Employees

The Criminal Record Review Program recommends that organizations hiring employees from outside Canada request that applicants provide a criminal record check from their home country in addition to completing a criminal record check in B.C.

Who is Not Required to be Checked

The Criminal Records Review Act does not cover nannies, babysitters, child minders for private companies, municipal employees or employees of private companies or contractors not working for provincially operated or funded organizations.

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