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Canada

Local Time
   
Capital
 Ottawa 
Language
 English; French 
Currency
 Canadian Dollar 
Time Zone
 UTC +1 
Population
 33,476,688 
Internet TLD
 .ca 
Area
 9,984,670 km² 
Calling Code
 +1 
 

Canada Background Checks

 
Individual Records Searches PriceAverage Turnaround Order Sample

Canada Criminal Records Search - Province 

$59  3-5 days  International Criminal Search Sample Report

Local Level - Provincial Courts - $59 (All other provinces)/$95 (Alberta only) 3-5 business days

Requirements: Name (including former name), dob, address, CPF number, release

Canadian local court searches are hand searched at the Canadian provincial courts by our local researchers for quality and accuracy. The search is completed using the subject's name and date of birth for both conviction and non-conviction summary and indictable offenses going back 7 years. If a record is found on the subject we will provide the following details when available; date of offense, charge/charge type, disposition and sentencing information.

In most cases, results are returned within 3-5 business days. Delays in turnaround times may be caused by records found on an applicant that are archived or need additional assistance from the clerk.

Fee: Base price $59.00 for all provinces aside from Alberta ($95.00 for Alberta). This fee includes 2 hit records. For any additional records found you will be charged for $25.00 per record, upon approval. The initial report will include up to 2 records and will indicate how many additional records were found. Upon your approval of the fee, a full report will be provided.

Canada Nationwide Criminal Records Search 

$39  2-3 days  International Criminal Search Sample Report

Nationwide – Canadian Police Information Centre - $39 2-3 business days

Requirements: Full name, date of birth, Canadian consent form and 2 copies of acceptable ID's

Canadian local court searches are hand searched at the Canadian provincial courts by our local researchers for quality and accuracy. The search is completed using the subject's name and date of birth for both conviction and non-conviction summary and indictable offenses going back 7 years. If a record is found on the subject we will provide the following details when available; date of offense, charge/charge type, disposition and sentencing information.

In most cases, results are returned within 3-5 business days. Delays in turnaround times may be caused by records found on an applicant that are archived or need additional assistance from the clerk.

This search requires that the applicant sign a special release form as well as provide copies of 2 acceptable forms of ID. One piece of identification must be government issued and include the applicant's name, date of birth, signature and photo. Acceptable government issued identification includes:

Please note that SIN and heath cards are unacceptable forms of ID.

The required release form includes an Offence Self Declaration form. This form is intended for the applicant to complete and to disclose any criminal convictions that they may have. If this form is filled out it makes the process much faster when the police find hits on an individual. If the hits provided by the applicant are complete and accurate the police will provide a result in 2-3 business days confirming the accuracy of the hits. If the Offense Self Declaration form is NOT completed and possible hits are found by the police, the turnaround time can be much longer. In this case, the police will request a set of the subject's fingerprints. Records will be released only after the fingerprints are determined a match. Significant delays can occur at this stage of the process if records are found. Please note that the police will only provide results to the applicant directly in these instances. It will then become the applicant's responsibility to provide the results to the client conducting the background check. If a search is conducted and no records are found results are released within 1-2 business days of the initial request.

Canada Civil Records Search - Federal Court 

$79  4-5 days  International Criminal Search Sample Report

Requirements: Full name, date of birth, address

The federal level civil search is conducted through the federal level court (national trial court of Canada). The Canadian federal level court handles the following types of cases.

Canada Civil Records Search - Local Level 

$105  4-5 days  International Criminal Search Sample Report

Requirements: Full name, date of birth, address

This search is conducted through the local Superior Court based on the address provided. Report may include case type, file date, case number, name of court where case was filed, plaintiff, defendant and disposition if a case can be located. Additional fees and turnaround times may apply in situations where the court file needs to be pulled.

Canada Bankruptcy Records Search 

$45  7-10 days  International Criminal Search Sample Report

Requirements: Full name, date of birth, address

The bankruptcy records search in Canada will search nationwide court records back 10 years. In order to conduct this search the applicant's full name, date of birth and address are required. When a hit is found basic information is provided such as the case number, file date, disposition and disposition date of the case.

Education Degree Verification in Canada 

$30  5-7 days  International Criminal Search Sample Report

Requirements: Name, date of birth, school name, degree, major, dates of attendance, city of school, degree copy and release form

An subject inflating their educational accomplishments is one of the most common occurrences found on a subject's resume or application. CRS checks processes Education Verifications by contacting educational institutions directly to verify degrees or certifications earned. We verify dates of attendance, graduation date and degree information.

Employment Verification in Canada 

$30  5-7 days  International Criminal Search Sample Report

Requirements: Name, date of birth, employer name and contact information, dates of employment, position held and release form

Past employment verification is recommended for all employees. It is approximated that 40% of all resumes and employment applications contain falsified information. Our standard Employment Verification reports the employer’s name, subject’s title, dates of employment, whether they are eligible for rehire, and we ask for additional comments.

Professional Reference Check in Canada 

$30  5-7 days  International Criminal Search Sample Report

Requirements: Subject name and date of birth, reference's relationship, contact name and contact information (including phone number and email address)

Our experienced research staff completes Personal Reference checks by interviewing a subject’s former or current colleagues. Our researchers will provide a comprehensive overview of a person’s characteristics.

Background Check packages 

$165  5-7 days  International Criminal Search Sample Report

Requirements: Full name, date of birth, Canadian consent form, 2 copies of acceptable ID's, school name, degree obtained, dates of attendance, city of school, employer name and contact information, dates of employment, position and hand signed release form

The background check package includes one Canadian nationwide criminal check, education verification of highest degree obtained and one employment verification.

Motor Vehicle Records 

$55  1-7 days  International Criminal Search Sample Report

Requirements: Full name, date of birth, driver's license number

Motor vehicle records will provide you with details regarding the drivers identifiers such as full name, date of birth and driver's license number. The report will also indicate if the license is currently active, suspended or expired. Any traffic violation convictions made by the driver will also be included on the report. Reporting time frames and turnaround times vary depending on the Province. Due to privacy laws, motor vehicle records out of Alberta and British Columbia are not available at this time.

Please note that while MVR reports in Canada are typically back within a day, the following provinces have longer turnaround times.

Newfoundland and Labrador 5-7 business days
Saskatchewan 5-7 business days
Northwest Territories 10-15 business days

Credit Report 

$45  1 days  International Criminal Search Sample Report

Requirements: Signed release form, SIN number

The individual credit report provides a summary of an individual's credit history. The report will include a SIN verification which is helpful in verifying the individual's social insurance number and address history. Other information provided in the report will include information on the individual's bad debt and collections, trade account information, bankruptcies and court liens or judgments.

Global Search 

$59  1-2 days  International Criminal Search Sample Report

Requirements: Name, date of birth, address

Global Search aggregates worldwide information sourced from government records, public records, news media publications, sanction and embargo lists and debarred and banned parties' lists to search for criminality information in over 240 countries and territories.

Criminal and Civil Search Package 

$140  5-7 days  International Criminal Search Sample Report

Requirements: Name (including former name), dob, address, release

The Civil and Bankruptcy Search Package offers discounted pricing of our most popular due diligence searches. This bundle includes one civil records search and one bankruptcy records search, based on the jurisdiction of the address provided.

Civil and Bankruptcy Search Package 

$130  7-10 days  International Criminal Search Sample Report

Requirements: Name (including former name), dob, address, release

The Civil and Bankruptcy Search Package offers discounted pricing of our most popular due diligence searches. This bundle includes one civil records search and one bankruptcy records search, based on the jurisdiction of the address provided.

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Canada Business Credit Report 

$90  1 days  International Criminal Search Sample Report

Requirements: Company name, address

The Business Credit Report will provide you with valuable information on the company’s financial standing. Information on collections, payment histories, legal suits, judgments and bankruptcies may be listed on the report.

Canada Business Civil Records Check - Federal level 

$99  4-5 days  International Criminal Search Sample Report

Requirements: Company name, address

A nationwide search is conducted through the federal level court in Canada for civil suits involving the business.

Canada Business Civil Records Check - local level 

$125  4-5 days  International Criminal Search Sample Report

Requirements: Company name, address

This search is conducted through the local Superior Court based on the address provided. Report may include case type, file date, case number, name of court where case was filed, plaintiff, defendant and disposition if a case can be located. Additional fees and turnaround times may apply in situations where the court file needs to be pulled.

Canada Business Bankruptcy Search 

$80  7-10 days  International Criminal Search Sample Report

Requirements: Company name, address

This search is conducted through the local courts. Report may include file date, case number, name of court where case was filed and case status if a bankruptcy case can be located.

 

Canadian Privacy laws & Regulations


The Personal Information Protection and Electronic Documents Act (PIPEDA) is a national federal privacy law in Canada. This law governs the collection, use and disclosure of personal information in Canada. (British Columbia, Alberta and Quebec have additional privacy laws.)

In order to remain in compliance with Canada's privacy laws, you must be sure to take the following factors into consideration. First, the information you are collecting, using and disclosing must be done so for an appropriate and "reasonable" purpose. Be sure that you are collecting only the information that is needed to complete the check on an individual and nothing more that is not necessary. How can you check to be sure you are meeting this "reasonableness" requirement? Make sure that you are collecting this information for a specific need (such as a background check). You should be able to prove that without collecting the personal information you are unable to meet that need and that there is no other option available without the personal information. You should also be able to prove that despite the fact that the individual had to provide personal information to you and may have lost a bit of their privacy, the benefit of collecting this information far outweighs the cost.

Canadian privacy laws also require that you obtain written consent from the individual you are completing a check on before the check is initiated. Please note that for subjects living in the Province of Quebec, consent forms must be available in both English and French. When obtaining consent from the individual you should be clear and up front with them regarding what the information is going to be used for.

Once you have obtained the personal information and consent from the individual it is very important that the information collected be kept is a safe and secure location. The personal information should not have the opportunity to be leaked to individuals who do not have the need or authority to have access to it. Once you have obtained the background check and no longer have a need for the personal information provided it should be destroyed.

 

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