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August 4 2015

New Police Record Checks Reforms Introduced

On June 3, 2015, the Ontario government introduced Bill 113, the Police Record Checks Reform Act, 2015, legislation that would, if passed, implement a new process governing requests for searches of the Canadian Police Information Centre databases, or other police databases, in connection with screening an individual for certain purposes.

Among other things, the Bill would: authorize Ontario police services to offer three types of records checks: criminal record checks, criminal record and judicial matters checks and vulnerable sector checks and limit and standardize the types of information that are authorized for disclosure in respect of each type of check. Persons or organizations that willfully contravene certain provisions of the Act would be guilty of an offence and liable to a fine of not more than $5,000.