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SSO applauds the passage of new legislation on police record checks

Earlier this month, Ontario passed the Police Record Checks Reform Act (PRCRA), 2015  which details what information police can — and cannot — disclose to employers, volunteer agencies and academic institutions about Ontarians who have not been convicted of a crime. The passage of the PRCRA ends the practice of disclosing mental health police records which have long created barriers for people who have experienced a mental health crisis.
The PRCRA, which reflects the Ontario Association of Chiefs of Police (OACP) Law Enforcement and Records (Managers) Network (LEARN) Guideline for Police Record Checks, standardizes how police record checks can be disclosed, including: 
  • Requiring that written consent is provided by the person in order for the police to disclose police record check information to a third party.
  • Barring the disclosure of information related to Mental Health Act apprehensions.
  • Outlining the exceptional circumstances under which non-conviction information can be disclosed.
SSO, along with our partners, the Police Records Check Coalition and other sector stakeholders, has long called for the provision of such legislation to remove barriers to opportunity and to promote fairness in the police records check process. We applaud the Hon. Yasir Naqvi, Minister of Community Safety and Correctional Services, for introducing the legislation and all parties for their unanimous support of the PRCRA.  
For more information about police record checks, and to access the PRCRA legislation, visit the Ministry of Community Safety and Correctional Services website.

SSO’s submissions on this issue can be found here.