ATTENTION

Please be advised vulnerable sector screening results will temporarily be provided on secure letter size (8.5” x 11”) paper. Our apologies for any confusion this may cause with potential employers; however, kindly continue to monitor our website for further updates and information regarding resumption of normal business practices using secure legal size paper. Applicants in possession of these results may freely refer their employers/potential employers to the contents of this site for verification of authenticity purposes.

The Toronto Police Service (TPS) provides three types of police reference checks, commonly known as background checks:

  • Criminal Record Check, which indicates the applicant has no criminal convictions
     
  • Criminal Record and Judicial Matters Check, which indicates any criminal convictions as well as any outstanding entries and charges
     
  • Vulnerable Sector Screening, which is intended for individuals seeking employment or volunteer opportunities with vulnerable persons. This search provides a summary of criminal convictions, outstanding charges, warrants and certain pardoned offences.

If you're unsure of what type of check you require, contact the agency/organization requesting the check so they can clarify. The Toronto Police Service (TPS) does not make the decision on behalf of the organization.

 

The TPS will also conduct police record checks to enable various other services:

  • Name Change, you may be required to submit a police record check with your Ontario application for a name change
     
  • Record Suspension, the TPS will perfom a local records check for residents of Toronto as part of their Pardon application
     
  • Attempt/Threaten Suicide Information on CPIC, which allows people to check if police have made an entry into the Canadian Police Information Centre that they have attempt or threatened suicide. Individuals have the right to apply for th removal of these entries.
     
  • Non-Parental Custody Check, which allows a police record check for people seeking custody of a child 

 

Processing Times

As of May 25, 2022, we are currently processing applications:

  • Criminal Record Checks received on May 16
  • Criminal Record & Judicial Matters Checks received on May 12
  • Vulnerable Sector Screenings received on May 16

Information Access Fees

Service
Fee

Criminal Record Check (Clearance Letter) - Employment

$20*

Criminal Record Check (Clearance Letter) - Volunteer (with Letter of Volunteer) FREE
Criminal Record and Judicial Matters Check - Employment $20*
Criminal Record and Judicial Matters Check - Volunteer (with Letter of Volunteer) FREE
Vulnerable Sector Screening (Police Reference Check) - Employment $65*
Vulnerable Sector Screening (Police Reference Check) - Volunteer $20
Additional Copy of any Background Check $4.67
Record Suspension - Local Record Check $45
Name Change - Local Record Check $45
Non-Parent Custody Record Check $15

*Expedited service is currently unavailable.
*This administrative fee does not apply to individuals under the age of 18.

Criminal Record Check

A Criminal Record Check/Clearance Letter is a document that illustrates an applicant has no criminal convictions or findings of guilt in the National Repository of Criminal Records maintained by the RCMP.

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Criminal Record and Judicial Matters Check

Checks for applicants seeking employment or volunteering with organizations that require a criminal records check, along with a search of outstanding entries and charges.

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Vulnerable Sector Check

A Vulnerable Sector Screening is intended for those who are seeking employment or volunteer opportunities with vulnerable persons. A Vulnerable Sector Screening provides a summary of criminal convictions, outstanding charges or warrants, or any pardoned offences.

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