How to Complete Background Checks in Canada

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Complete background checks in Canada involve a criminal record check, verification of academic, employment, driving and litigation records.

Complete background checks in Canada involve a criminal record check, verification of academic records and employment records, an investigation of credit history and financial records, as well as checking the driving records and litigation records of the individual in question. Complete background checks are meant not only to safeguard the interests of customers and company stakeholders, but also to protect the other employees working in the organization.

Complete Background Checks

Go to your local police station. Ask for a criminal record check form and a fingerprint form. You may need to pay some money as a nominal fee for procuring these forms.

Fill the criminal record check form with utmost accuracy as the police verification process involves detailed cross-checking of your background. You must provide personal details such as your name, date of birth, current mailing address, phone number, email address, gender, immigration file number, as well as your nationality and race. Expect to disclose closely guarded details such as your social insurance number or any aliases (including maiden names) used in your past.

Complete fingerprint form and provide your palm print and fingerprints to the law enforcement agency to match with an international database of convicts.

Inform the law enforcement agency why you want a complete background check done, so that they use a more customized approach during investigations to suit your case. Usually, complete background checks are requested when applying for jobs, adoptions, child-custody, Canadian citizenship, or while applying for a visa. State your personal reasons for the background check clearly in your request letter.

Clearly mention to the law enforcement agency that you need a certified official copy of your background check. They may demand an extra fee for providing you with a certified official copy. Provide a consent letter to the law enforcement agency if you want a certified copy of your background check to be forwarded to some another agency or a prospective employer.

Approach information providers or the latest public records for obtaining accurate information regarding birth, education, marriage, financial responsibility, bankruptcy claims, tax compliance, vehicle ownership or driving habits. Records obtained from the registrars’ office can provide accurate information about academic claims. Similarly, human resources records can reveal important facts about employment history, such as period for which the individual in question was engaged in a company, the job held, and the reason for quitting.


  • Never include exaggerated or manipulated information in your resume or CV. Do not provide falsified data to the law enforcement agency. Both can lead to serious consequences.


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Based in Winnipeg, Aruna Murthy Anaparti began writing in June 2002. Her work appears on eHow and Answerbag, primarily focusing on topics related to environment, medical issues, health, fitness and careers. She is also a gold medalist. She holds a postgraduate degree in environmental sciences from the Bharati Vidyapeeth Institute of Environmental Education and Research.

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