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  Changes To Police Record Checks

Nov 01, 2018 08:27 ET

New provincial legislation changes how Police Record Checks (PRC) are done in Ontario, effective November 1, 2018. The legislation is designed to create a province-wide clear, consistent and comprehensive set of standards to govern how PRCs are conducted and disclosed.

The DRPS Information Release Unit wants to highlight the major changes to residents and agencies. It slightly changes the names of the three levels of checks that we offer, but the information reported on each level of check remains the same:

Old Name....New Name
Police Criminal Record Check....Criminal Record Check
Police Information Check....Criminal Record and Judicial Matters Check
Police Vulnerable Sector Check....Vulnerable Sector Check

It standardizes the three types of forms (green, blue forms) into one form which is white in colour. This form will now be used for all three levels.
Results will now be issued on white, secure paper featuring a colour DRPS logo. This paper will be embossed upon completion. The fees remain the same, the applicant must still attend a police station in person with two valid forms of ID and the results will be mailed within 10 business days.

The biggest change involves youth records. In accordance with the Youth Criminal Justice Act (YCJA), youth records will only be released to federal, provincial or municipal government agencies within designated retention periods. The YCJA prevents youth from sharing these records with any other potential employer or volunteer agency. Non-government agencies are not permitted to ask for or to receive any results under the YCJA.

In order to prevent Police Record Checks from being affected by the Canada Post strike, the DRPS Information Release Unit is now sending the completed paperwork back to our five operational divisions, so you can pick it up in person.

If you have applied for a Police Record Check (PRC) on or after October 17th up to October 24th and you have not received it in the mail, it will have been sent to the police division in which you filled out your application.

The list of police divisions and hours of operation are here: Please bring identification with you.

For more details about the provincial legislation, please click this link: .

If you have any further questions, please contact the DRPS Information Release Unit at 1-888-579-1520 ext. 4105.

Below are attached files.
Records Changes (JPG file, 326.1K bytes)