Fact Sheet: Attending college or university with a criminal record2018-10-01T21:48:33+00:00

Fact Sheet: College or university with a criminal record

The law

Criminal Records Review Act (CRRA) – This BC Act requires people working with children or vulnerable adults to undergo a criminal record check.

Criminal Records Review Program (CRRP) – The type of criminal record check required by the College of Physicians and Surgeons for those who work with children or dependent adults (such as people with disabilities). This record check includes sexual offences, violent offences, drug trafficking offences, theft, fraud and breach of trust. The CRRP will determine if the criminal record poses a threat to children or dependent adults. Registrants must obtain a CPIC check and cannot use third party screeners.

19 – In British Columbia this is the age at which a student no longer needs the permission of a parent or guardian to request a criminal record check.

BC Ministry of Justice – Handles criminal record checks for medical students in BC who need them to work with children or vulnerable adults. The fee is $28.

Ministry of Public Safety and Solicitor General – Handles criminal record checks for registrants of the College of Pharmacists of British Columbia. Provincial and youth offences will also be checked.

Health Professions Act – Requires registrants of the College of Pharmacists of BC to consent to a criminal record check.

College regulatory bodies

In healthcare professions, it’s common for students to have internships or practicums as part of their program. In these cases, they may need to register with a governing body.

College of Physicians and Surgeons of British Columbia – Registrants of the College, including medical students, residents and fellows must undergo a criminal record check.

College of Pharmacists of British Columbia – Student pharmacists must undergo a criminal record check in order to register with the college

Canadian Police Information Centre (CPIC) – The centre responsible for storing criminal records in Canada.

Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) – Manages the CPIC database of criminal records.

Criminal Records ActThe act that establishes rules for Record Suspensions (pardons). The Act states that a pardoned record cannot be disclosed.

Record Suspension – Allows a person to apply to have their record removed from the main database of CPIC. This prevents it from being disclosed during a standard background check.

Vulnerable Sector Check – Will turn up convictions for sexual offences even if a pardon is received. This check may be required for programs such as child care and health care.

Other Resources

John Howard Society

Contact

AllCleared has helped thousands of Canadians obtain Record Suspensions (pardons) to further their educational and career goals. Contact us for background or opinions on this issue at 1-866-972-7366.