Canadian Criminal Records & Background Checks

Find information, forms and turn-around times to check criminal records.

Average turn-around time (National Search): 10 to 11 days

Application Checklist

For a National criminal record check in Canada, you must submit the following information:

  • Completed Application form Download
  • Completed and signed Authorization form Download
  • Copy of a Government issued ID (Passport, PAN Card, Driver's License, etc.)
  • Special Authorization Form Download
  • CPIC Form Download

What You Need To Know

GoodHire’s current Criminal search offering is a combination of the Police Verification and Police Clearance Certificate. The criminal search in Canada is conducted at the local level and returns major offense conviction records and many minor offenses.


There are variations of criminal record searches in Canada that are conducted at different sources. These are:

  • Online Criminal Verification – Online database of District Court, High Court, Supreme Court
  • Police Clearance Certificate – Police Commissioner Office/ Superintendent of Police
  • Police Verification – Local Police Station of the respective jurisdiction
  • Criminal Court Check – District Court and High Court