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Police Criminal Records Check (PCRC)

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This check is intended for applicants who are involved as a volunteer, employee or in any situation where a basic PCRC is requested (i.e., retail or immigration). This check is NOT intended for applicants who are seeking volunteer and/or employment with vulnerable persons.








The Police Criminal Record Check will include the following information:
  1. Criminal convictions from CPIC and/or local databases.
  2. Summary convictions (previous 5 years) when identified.
  3. Findings of guilt under the Youth Criminal Justice Act within the applicable disclosure period.
  4. NOTE: See section on Self Declaration Requirement

The Police Criminal Record Check WILL NOT include:
  1. Outstanding entries, such as charges and warrants (pending charges).
  2. Absolute and conditional discharges.
  3. Current judicial orders, including Peace Bonds, Probation and Prohibition orders under the Criminal Code of Canada.
  4. Convictions where a record suspension (formerly known as a pardon) has been granted.
  5. Convictions under provincial statutes.
  6. Local police contact.
  7. Ministry of Transportation information.
  8. Special Interest Police (SIP) category of CPIC.
  9. Family Court Restraining Orders.
  10. Foreign information.
  11. A Vulnerable Sector (VS) query to ascertain if the applicant has been convicted of and granted a record suspension (pardon) for any of the sexual offences that are listed in the schedule to the Criminal Records Act.
  12. Any reference to incidents involving mental health contact.
  13. Diversions will not be released as police contact and no reference to the occurrence is permitted (CC S.717.4).
  14. Youth Criminal Justice Act information beyond applicable disclosure period.
  15. Any reference to contagious diseases.
  16. Dispositions including, but not limited to, Withdrawn, Dismissed, and cases of Not Criminally Responsible by Reason of Mental Disorder.