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Police Record Check Process

Trish Douma, CLAC regional director and Ontario healthcare coordinator, recently made a presentation to the Standing Committee on Justice Police to urge the government to move quickly and pass the Police Record Check Reform Act.The new legislation will establish a mandatory standardized process for police record checks with rigid rules around what information can be released.

Without a consistent process in place, police were at times releasing irrelevant non-conviction information about an individual that could be harmful to them personally or professionally. Some CLAC members were prevented from securing employment or volunteer positions because of the release of additional information, which in some cases included details about frivolous or malicious complaints that had been filed.

CLAC has been involved in the process to bring this legislation forward and thanked the government for continuing with the bill and addressing all the concerns raised during the consultation phase. We urged the government to act quickly but carefully to implement the new process to ensure that timelines for the police checks do not get extended and costs do not rise.

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