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Criminal Record Checks in different levels

In Canada, companies and organizations rely on three primary types of criminal record checks:

  1. Police Criminal Record Check (PCRC): This check provides a summary of criminal convictions, including findings of guilt under the Youth Justice Act within the designated disclosure period. It's the most common type requested by individuals seeking work or volunteer opportunities. However, it's important to note that this check isn't suitable for roles involving work with children or vulnerable adults.

  2. Criminal Record and Judicial Matters Check (CRJMC): This check includes the same information as the PCRC, along with a search for outstanding entries, charges, warrants, judicial orders, peace bonds, probation, probation orders, and absolute and conditional discharges. While less common, getting a CRJMC may be beneficial for positions that require a significant level of trust.

  3. Police Vulnerable Sector Check (PVS): Mandatory for roles involving work with children or vulnerable adults, this check includes all information in the CRJMC, as well as charges resulting in a finding of not criminally responsible on account of mental disorder and pardoned offences authorized under the Criminal Records Act. Non-conviction information is authorized through Exceptional Disclosure. The PVS can't be obtained online and must be provided by your local police station.

For those not working in the vulnerable sector, obtaining a Level 1 PCRC is recommended. This can be done quickly and cost-effectively online through Triton. Simply provide your personal information, make the payment, and your criminal record check will be ready in less than 15 minutes. This report can then be presented to potential employers as evidence of your trustworthiness.

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