On the Radar - New rules about police checks

December 3, 2018

What new rules about police checks mean for employers and job seekers

As of November, new rules apply when employers in Ontario ask people for police record checks. This month's On the Radar highlights some of these new rules.

Types of record checks

The new law sets out 3 kinds of police record checks:

  • a criminal record check
  • a criminal record and judicial matters check
  • a vulnerable sector check

And for each record check, the law says what can be included. The rules about record checks apply to most employers and most jobs.

Information that now can't be included

When the rules apply, there's now some information about contact with the police that can't be included in any record check.

For example, a record check can't include information about:

  • being stopped and questioned by police
  • being arrested but not charged with a crime
  • having contact with the police because of a mental health crisis
  • contacting the police to report a crime

What's in a criminal record check

A criminal record check shows only crimes that resulted in a conviction in court.

It can't include:

Read more: On the Radar - New rules about police checks