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Canadian Police Information Centre Check

A CPIC check is a query, based on name, gender and date-of-birth, of active criminal files in the RCMP National Repository of Criminal Records. This check is used to determine the possible existence of a criminal record. It is generally used as a preliminary search to determine if a Fingerprint-based Criminal Record Check may be required.

(Self) Declaration of a Criminal Record is a process whereby the applicant declares their adult criminal record convictions to the Police Service in accordance with CPIC policy requirements and federal laws.

In order to release criminal convictions identified through a name based query, the Police Service must be satisfied that the applicant's declared criminal record information is a match to their registered criminal record information held at the RCMP National Repository of Criminal Records.

CPIC policy was updated on March 12, 2012 to include provisions for Electronic Identity Verification (EIV) [read more].

EIV is outlined in the CCRTIS Dissemination of Criminal Record Information policy.

Electronic Identity Verification: A process, in accordance with CPIC policy requirements and applicable privacy laws, whereby the identity of an Applicant is authenticated through answering questions from the Applicant's consumer credit file. An Electronic Identity Verification (EIV) solution must be developed by one of Canada's major credit reporting agencies, and must, at minimum, meet standards for EIV that may be employed by Canada's major banks and/or financial institutions. EIV may be used in support of a Criminal Record and/or Vulnerable Sector Name Check.


Requirement for Fingerprints

Criminal Record: If the police service is not satisfied that your declared criminal record is a match to the criminal record information held at the RCMP National Repository of Criminal Records, your fingerprints must be submitted to confirm the criminal record information.

Vulnerable Sector: If you are applying to work in a paid or volunteer position where you will be in a position of trust or authority with children or vulnerable persons you will be required to submit fingerprints whenever the name and/or gender and date of birth of an applicant match to an existing pardoned sex offender record. This is not an accusation of criminality, but a requirement to confirm identity and protect privacy.