Criminal Record and Judicial Matters Checks
First-time applicants are responsible for providing the results of a Criminal Record and Judicial Matter check as part of the licensing application process with the HCRA. To provide the results of a Criminal Record and Judicial Matter check, please use the HCRA’s third-party provider This link will take you to a HCRA-specific BackCheck landing page to get the enhanced background check needed to fulfill HCRA’s requirements. Please do not use the myBackcheck self-serve option (myBackcheck’s general public website) as it does not fulfill HCRA requirements. Alternatively, you can provide the results of a check completed by a municipal police service or the Ontario Provincial Police.
If the applicant is a corporation or partnership, the corporation or partnership is responsible for providing the results of a Criminal Record and Judicial Matter check for each of their directors and officers and partners, as applicable.
The HCRA will not accept Criminal Record and Judicial Matter checks that are more than six months old. If the third-party provider is not used, the report must be included for an application to be complete and must be the original copy, stamped and signed. Please note that the HCRA will not accept Canadian Criminal Record Checks without the Judicial Matter component.
If an applicant has a criminal record, it does not mean the application will be refused. The Registrar will consider a range of factors including the relevance of the conduct to licensing, how much time has passed since the conduct, whether the conduct is part of a pattern of behaviour, and steps taken to redress the impact of the conduct. The Registrar will also consider the circumstances of each individual matter in assessing the results of a Criminal Record and Judicial Matter Check.