For some, the province of Alberta has been easy to perceive as simply the “Texas of Canada,” thanks to cowboy culture being alive and well combined with the abundance of natural resources—especially oil—that turned the region from merely an agricultural economy to an industrial powerhouse.
But even in these years when there are both political and environmental considerations about the role of fossil fuels in the economy, Alberta in general and Edmonton, in particular, is still a place where people can go to enjoy fulfilling, financially viable careers. In some cases, Edmonton has actually fared better than its southern neighbor Calgary in weathering the storm of industrial and political changes sweeping the country as we march into a future with new priorities. This means that for some people, the need for getting a criminal record check in Edmonton may be a pressing concern for a good future, and here are a few reasons why.
As with any other province or city, if you secure a job with the government there will be background checks to see whether you are fit to hold a position. If you are unsure as to whether any past activities or involvement with the police has resulted in some kind of entry on your record, you will want to get a check done on yourself to verify this. The last thing anyone wants is to be a frontrunner for a great job, only to have the whole process collapse on you because of a criminal record check in Edmonton.
You May Have a Record, But Not a Criminal One
If you’ve been charged with a crime and gone to court to have your case processed, you may not be aware of this, but even without a conviction of a criminal charge, that evidence of your legal process may still be visible on a record. Many people mistakenly believe that if they’ve never been to court and convicted, then it doesn’t count, but this is not the case.
You Are Working or Volunteering In A Vulnerable Sector
There is an area of the workforce and volunteering known as the “vulnerable sector.” This means that in these particular occupations or volunteer positions, the people will be working with other people, and these people may be considered “vulnerable.” Some examples of an occupation in the vulnerable sector include being a teacher working with children, or being a taxi cab driver that may serve a variety of different customers, from the elderly to women who are alone.
A volunteer position may have similar exposure, working with the disabled, the elderly or children. In either case, some volunteer and work organizations require a background check to be conducted for a criminal record. In the case of positions working with children, the background checks may even go so far as to reveal when a criminal conviction has undergone a record suspension if that conviction was for a sexual offense relating to children.
Edmonton still has a lot of potential for career growth, but depending on the type of job you’re interested in, your chances may be compromised by the presence of anything on your criminal record. In some cases, if you are asked about anything on your criminal record which you deny and then later are found to have been wrong about, you might also find yourself on the outside looking in.
Taking a Trip Across the Border
Another reason to get a criminal record check in Edmonton is if you are planning to cross the border. If you’re unsure whether something will come up when you go through customs, it’s best to find out for sure and save yourself time, possible embarrassment and the need to obtain a U.S. Entry Waiver.
Always ensure that if you are applying for a job, want to volunteer or are planning a trip to a different country, you know exactly what people will find if they conduct a criminal record check. Don’t let yourself be caught off guard.
If you’d like to get a criminal record check in Edmonton for yourself or someone else, give us a call today.