Whenever someone commits a crime, all hell breaks loose. The person accused of committing it is taken into custody and prosecuted. Moreover, the prosecution is followed by a trial where the suspect is either declared guilty or acquitted of the crime. We all know that a criminal offense is the most severe violation of the law, thus it is executed with a probation period or jail sentence and sometimes even house arrest.

However, the jail sentence served along with a severe fine does not result in an end of the criminal conviction. A criminal record that comes with the conviction can haunt an individual throughout the course of his/her life.

It’s Not a Private Information

Canada is known for protecting and respecting a person’s private details, whether it is their sexual orientation, political beliefs, religious affiliation or political beliefs. Moreover, a person’s personal details can in no way have a legal impact on their decision to refuse or offer employment.

However, it is not so in the case of a criminal record. An employer has the liberty to refuse or terminate the employment of an individual who has a criminal background. Moreover, for the professions, like teaching, personal support work, nursing it is mandatory legally that these institutions not recruit anyone with a criminal background, especially if they have committed severe crimes against children. Now, an important question that arises is how do the employers get to know that a person has a criminal record?

Background Checks

The international, national, provincial and local law enforcement agencies have the freedom to access criminal records of anyone. In fact, even the local and provincial police, and groups such as the INTERPOL and Customs and Border Patrol of the USA can access these records if the need be.

Every organization offering employment has a mandatory background check clause on the employment form, that needs to be signed by the individual seeking employment there. Once these forms are filled out, the organization can conduct a background check as per their convenience after paying a nominal fee. The entire procedure is legal and has to be followed by all.

It Is Not Just Limited To A Job

Furthermore, background checks are not limited to the employers of various companies. Even support groups and NGOs are authorized to conduct a background check if they require. It is mandatory for the volunteers to approve of it if they wish to continue serving in the organization. In fact, several voluntary professions are termed vulnerable sectors by the law, especially the ones that involve working with elderly people and children. For these professions, a rigorous screening procedure takes place before an individual is hired. The same system is applicable to activities like the adoption of a child or renting an apartment.

Getting A Second Chance

Only a pardon or record suspension can seal a person’s criminal conviction from a background check. If you need more details in this regard, we can help. You can go to nationalpardon.org and find out the details of the application procedure for a record suspension.