The B.C. Criminal Records Review Act is intended to help protect children and vulnerable adults from physical and sexual abuse.
The Act requires all practising registrants to undergo a criminal record re-check every five years.
The law applies to all practising registrants as well as new registrants of professional regulatory bodies and all current and new employees working in organizations operated, funded or licensed by the provincial government.
CONSENT FOR RELEASE OF INFORMATION AND ACKNOWLEDGEMENT PURSUANT TO THE B.C. CRIMINAL RECORDS REVIEW ACT
FREEDOM OF INFORMATION AND PROTECTION OF PRIVACY ACT (FOIPPA): The information requested on this form is collected under the authority of the Criminal Records Review Act section 4(1) and section 26(c) of the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act (FOIPPA). The information provided will be used to fulfil the requirements of the Criminal Records Review Act for the release of criminal records information and is in compliance with the FOIPPA. If you have questions about the collection of your personal information, please contact the Policy Analyst, Criminal Records Review Program, PO Box 9217 Stn Prov Govt, Victoria, BC V8W 9J1 or by phone at (250) 387-2896.
Yes, all applicants, CRNBC registrants and former CRNBC registrants must consent to a Consent to a Criminal Record Check. The check must be done through the Ministry of Justice and the Solicitor General. In addition to checking RCMP records, other records that are not usually part of a criminal record check by the RCMP (e.g. provincial and young offenders’ records) will be checked.
CRNBC cannot grant you registration unless you have submitted to a criminal record check.
If there are no relevant criminal records, CRNBC is informed within 1-2 weeks after the consent is submitted to the Ministry of Public Safety and Solicitor General.
If there is a possible record and fingerprints are required, it may be six months or more before the outcome is known.
You will be required to undergo a criminal record check every five years to maintain registration with CRNBC.
The Ministry of Public Safety and Solicitor General will notify CRNBC of any subsequent relevant criminal offences you may have.
You are also required to report any subsequent charges or convictions to CRNBC (in signing the consent form you are agreeing to do so). In such instances, an additional criminal record check may be required.
You will be notified only if a possible relevant record is found. CRNBC does not provide a copy of the result of your criminal record check. As the result is returned electronically, there is no paper copy.
The Criminal Records Review Act lists relevant offences associated with risk to children and vulnerable adults. They are used as a basis for determining if a person presents a risk to children and vulnerable adults. Convictions related to provincial or minor criminal offences, not related to the protection of children and vulnerable adults, are not included.
If you have a record, but it is not relevant to the protection of children and vulnerable adults, the Ministry of Public Safety and Solicitor General does not release this information.
If you have a relevant record, CRNBC is informed that there is a relevant record, but no other information is provided.
If the Deputy Registrar, Criminal Records Review Program determines there is no risk to children and vulnerable adults, CRNBC is informed of the Deputy Registrar’s decision and may request a copy of the written reasons for the decision.
If the Deputy Registrar determines that a risk to children and vulnerable adults exists, CRNBC and the employer(s) are notified. CRNBC would take action using existing procedures. However, information would be protected, as it is now under the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act.
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