There are three common types of criminal record checks in Ontario. So, be sure to discuss with your employer which type they need.
Also, each check is good for only one organization.
Level 1: Police Criminal Record Check (PCRC)
A PCRC includes a criminal convictions summary and findings of guilt under the Youth Criminal Justice Act within the applicable disclosure period.
This is a basic check for applicants looking to work or volunteer for an employer or organization that doesn’t involve children or vulnerable adults.
Level 2: Criminal Record and Judicial Matters Check (CRJMC)
A CRJMC is for applicants who need a basic background check like the PCRC along with a search of outstanding entries and charges.
A CRJMC will include outstanding entries, such as charges and warrants, judicial orders, peace bonds, probation, prohibition orders; and absolute and conditional discharges for one or three years, respectively.
Level 3: Police Vulnerable Sector Check (PVS)
A PVS is for candidates looking to work or volunteer with vulnerable persons, who are defined as a person who, because of their age, a disability, or other circumstances, whether temporary or permanent, are in a position of dependence on others or are otherwise at a greater risk than the general population of being harmed by person(s) in a position of authority or trust to them.
In addition to the information provided in a CRJMC and a PCRC, a PVS also includes charges that resulted in a finding of not criminally responsible on account of mental disorder, and pardoned offences authorized under the Criminal Records Act Non-conviction information authorized through Exceptional Disclosure.