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Police Record Checks Reform Act

Police Record Checks Reform Act

The Halton Regional Police Service provides Police Record Checks to all residents of the Region of Halton, for volunteer or employment purposes. This service is most efficiently obtained ONLINE or you may attend one of our five police facilities. On November 1, 2018, the Police Record Checks Reform Act will come into force, ensuring a clear, consistent and comprehensive set of standards to govern how police record checks are conducted and disclosed in Ontario.

The Halton Regional Police Service offers three types of Police Record Checks for the members of the public who reside in the Halton Region. If you are unsure as to which Record Check you need to complete, please see our website.

Criminal Record Check - Learn more or apply online now. Criminal Record and Judicial Matters Check - Learn more or apply online now. Vulnerable Sector Check - Learn more or apply online now.

​The Impact on Youth Record Checks

These standards also include how police services release Police Record Checks containing youth records to applicants. Up until now, police services have released a Police Record Check containing youth records directly to the applicant who then provides the Police Record Check to the organization or volunteer agency. The federal and provincial government has found this approach to be contrary to the Federal Youth Criminal Justice Act (YCJA).

As of November 1, 2018, youth can only apply for a Police Record Check if:

A. The youth is applying for purposes of employment or volunteering directly with:

the Government of Canada; the Government of a province; or a Municipality;


B. The youth requires their own youth records for their own personal information (Privacy Request). The Halton Regional Police Service will only provide Police Record Checks to applicants under the age of 18 for government positions. What does this mean for Non-Government Agencies and Youth Seeking to work or volunteer at these organizations? Effective November 1, 2018, non-government agencies are not authorized to receive any youth Police Record Check results. Similarly, youth are no longer required to undertake a Police Record Check for volunteer or paid employment with these agencies. To require applicants to apply and pay for a Police Record Check when no results will be released is not in the best interest of the applicants, the police service or the community. Non-government agencies will now have to proceed with alternative application steps, such as interviews and references for youths, and not rely on, either in part or solely, a Police Record Check, as they may have in the past. For more information about Police Record Checks, please visit our website:​

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