Many organizations now require their employees to undergo a criminal record review before they begin work with their company. Even volunteer organizations are now requiring this important step for those who wish to work with the group. And so it’s critical for Winnipeg residents to have a clear understanding of the criminal records check process, in order to prevent mistakes during the record check and ensure accurate information is presented within a quick timeframe.
Once a Winnipeg criminal record check has been completed, you and your prospective employer will learn if you are clear, and no criminal record was found, or if you have not been cleared and a record might exist. Of course, getting a criminal record check in Winnipeg requires more than simply picking up the phone and asking.
In this latest post, our team will review the steps to get a criminal record check in Winnipeg.
The first step in the process is to have your fingerprints taken. You must submit a full set of 10 fingerprints in order to begin this process. Local police may offer to take your fingerprints electronically and then scan them to the RCMP for review. For those who are applying for a working position within a vulnerable sector (involving work with children and elderly), you will have to visit the police station to undergo the fingerprinting records, as a further local police check will be required as part of the process.
Complete the Application
Once the fingerprints have been submitted, you will now complete the application that will be provided to the RCMP for them to review your records. In the application, you will be asked to disclose the following information:
- The reason for your criminal record check
- Your full name
- Your date of birth
- Your home phone number
- Your mailing address
To ensure that all information within your file is accurate, you should verify the data provided with the person taking your fingerprints as part of the criminal record check in Winnipeg. You may also have to pay a small processing fee for the check to be completed, depending on the type of check and the requirements of the organization completing the check on your behalf.
Once you have completed these steps and verified with the person completing the application for you that all data is accurate, you’re now ready to submit the application to the authorities ready for the criminal record check to be completed.
Verifying the Status of Your Application
You may be completing a criminal records check to finalize employment or to ensure you’re considered a viable candidate for an apartment rental. As such, you’ll likely want to know the status of the check so that you can provide the information to your manager or the landlord.
The government website highlights the times their experts take to complete record checks. These times are often longer than you might wait if you’re working with a private company to complete the record check on your behalf. If you have chosen to employ the services of a private company, you can work with them directly to discuss the status of your application.
What Type of Information is Included in the Records Check?
The data within your criminal record check will include any criminal convictions and non-conviction for which a Record Suspension or File Destruction has not been granted. The record will also include any documented criminal history based on information you have previously provided as part of an immigration or employment process.
By understanding the records check process and working with a trusted specialist such as Pardons Canada, you can ensure your check is completed within a quick timeframe and according to the laws regarding criminal records. To learn more about this process and begin your criminal records check, contact our office today.