There are four types of criminal record checks in Quebec. Be sure to discuss with your employer which type you need before making your request.
Name-Based Criminal Record Check (CRC)
This is a basic check for applicants looking to work or volunteer for an employer or organization doing their due diligence and does not involve children or vulnerable adults.
A named-based criminal record check uses your name and birthdate to check the Canadian Police Information Centre (CPIC) system for a criminal convictions summary and findings of guilt under the Youth Criminal Justice Act within the applicable disclosure period.
Certified Criminal Record Check
A certified criminal record check uses fingerprints when a name-based CRC can’t definitively confirm a person’s identity. A fingerprint search of the National Repository of Criminal Records is conducted by the RCMP’s Canadian Criminal Real Time Identification Services (CCRTIS).
Police Information Check (PIC)
A PIC is limited to criminal convictions, outstanding criminal charges and warrants, and other judicial orders. It can be used for employment outside of Canada, and you can apply for a PIC when you are outside of Canada by verifying your identity with a local police service or the nearest consulate.
Police Information Check – Vulnerable Sector (PIC-VS)
A PIC-VS is for employment or volunteer services that involve children or vulnerable adults.
A PIC-VS includes criminal convictions, outstanding criminal charges and warrants, and other judicial orders, in addition to non-convictions and files in which you were a bona fide suspect in a founded substantiated offence. However, it won’t include unsubstantiated allegations.
A PIC-VS can only be done for organizations in Canada. The position itself can be outside of Canada, but the results of the vulnerable sector check must stay within Canada.
Like a PIC, a PIC-VS will search the CPIC as well as local police databases to determine if any patterns of behavior exist that may result in harm to a youth or vulnerable adult.
Finally, you can’t apply for a PIC-VS outside of Canada.