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Which careers and licences require a local police records check?

Region: Ontario Answer # 2116

Almost all employment applications give the employer the right to make enquiries about the applicant’s criminal past. To erase your criminal record, or to obtain a USA Entry Waiver, call toll-free 1-888-808-3628 or learn more at Pardon Partners.

There are numerous career categories where the law requires police records checks, such as:

  • Airport workers
  • Bank employees
  • Bus drivers
  • Car dealers
  • Casino employees
  • Coaches
  • Collection agents
  • Couriers
  • Day care workers
  • Funeral directors
  • Firefighters
  • Government offices (municipal, provincial, federal)
  • Health professionals (e.g., psw, dentists, doctors, nurses, chiropractors, etc.)
  • Insurance agents and brokers
  • Investment advisors
  • Limousine and taxicab drivers
  • Machine operators
  • Manufacturing
  • Members of governing bodies (e.g., teachers, doctors, nurses, etc.)
  • Movers
  • Owners of restaurants requiring liquor licences
  • Police officers
  • Probation officers
  • Real estate brokers + agents
  • Retail workers (cashiers, clerks, stockroom)
  • Salon owners
  • School staff (teachers, counsellors, etc.)
  • Security guards
  • Stock brokers
  • Temporary agency workers
  • Truck drivers
  • Volunteers (e.g., those working with children, seniors etc.)
  • Vulnerable sector workers

In addition to the above list, there are many employers whose internal policies require police records checks. Practically speaking, those with a criminal record are often unemployable in their desired field. Consequently, many people resort to low-paying, casual-labour jobs or they try to be self-employed in jobs such as lawn maintenance or snow removal (where there is little security risk and usually no police records check is required). The best approach is to have the record removed so it will no longer be a barrier to employment.

Get help

To erase your criminal record, call toll-free 1-888-808-3628 or learn more at Pardon Partners. It’s easier than you think.

If you have been charged with a criminal offence, refer to our criminal law section.

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