Criminal Record Check

The Criminal Records Review Act requires students registered in a post-secondary program, where they may be working with children and/or vulnerable persons, must have a Criminal Record Check (CRC) conducted by the Ministry of Public Safety & Solicitor General. The Ministry of Public Safety & Solicitor General is the authorized body under the Act to review offences and make a determination of risk.

Getting your criminal record check (CRC)

Camosun College only accepts CRC from the Ministry of Public Safety & Solicitor General

If you are offered a seatin a program at Camosun which requires successful completion of a Criminal Record Check, we'll email you and provide the necessary information on how to complete the process once you have accepted your seat and paid your non-refundable deposit.

It is important to note, that any student found to be at risk by the Ministry will not be able to participate in a work integrated learning experience (e.g. clinical placement, practicum, internship, work experience, co-op, job shadow observational, some in-class practice exercises, etc.) and other aspects of a program, and may therefore be unable to participate in or complete the program.

Note:
Camosun College is not responsible for processing CRC applications or for application turnaround times. CRC’s may be governed by external bodies and may be updated as mandated, without notice.

Criminal records checks — What you need to know

How to get a criminal record check

Online consent to criminal record check must be completed using a laptop or computer with Internet Explorer 11 or later. Do not use a mobile device or tablet.

The Ministry verifies an applicant’s identity using Electronic Identity Verification (EIV) and personal information collected by the credit reporting agency, Equifax.

Go to the Ministry’s website:  

  1. Enter the Camosun College access code provided to you. If you do not have one, please email crimrecchk@camosun.ca  and include your full name, student ID number, program name and a phone number at which you can be reached.
  2. Select “Request a New Criminal Record Check”.
  3. Answer “yes” to all fields marked with a red asterisk (*)
  4. Proceed and enter your personal information as prompted (enter Driver’s License # for faster processing).
  5. Enter “student” when prompted to provide your “Position with organization”

CRC application fees

There is a $28 fee, payable to the Ministry of Public Safety & Solicitor General.

What identification can be used to complete a manual CR check?

The Ministry of Public Safety & Solicitor General requires one piece of primary identification and at least one piece of secondary identification. Primary identification must be government-issued and include the applicant’s name, date of birth, signature and photo. Please check that your ID has not expired.

To view the list of acceptable primary and secondary identification, please go visit the Identify Verification section of the Province of British Columbia's website.

I received a notification at the top of the page that says, "The system could not complete your request to initiate a criminal record check online.”  What do I do now?

  1. Click the "print" button at the bottom of the page
  2. Request an ID verification by contacting crimrecchk@camosun.ca and include your full name, student ID number, program name and a phone number at which you can be reached.
  3.  Once an ID verification is complete, a member of Student Records will submit your manual application to the Ministry of Public Safety & Solicitor General’s Criminal Records Review Program (CRRP) on your behalf.

NOTE: Please DO NOT mail, email or fax forms directly to Camosun College or to the Ministry of Public Safety & Solicitor General.

I received a notification that says, “Age does not meet verification criteria”. What do I do now?

You will get this message if you are under 19. Please contact us at crimrecchk@camosun.ca. Be sure to include your full name, student ID number, program name and a phone number at which you can be reached.

If I am unable to submit my application online and currently reside out of town, how can I ensure that I am not delayed in submitting my manual application?

Please contact crimrecchk@camosun.ca and include your full name, student ID number, program name and a phone number at which you can be reached and we will provide you with further information.

Can I submit a clearance completed by a Police or an RCMP detachment?

No. Your criminal record check must be completed by the Ministry of Public Safety & Solicitor General’s Criminal Records Review Program (CRRP) (This link is not compatible with Internet Explorer).

I have not received my payment email from the Ministry of Public Safety & Solicitor General in the expected amount of time. What do I do now?

Regularly check your inbox and junk mail for your payment email. If you have not received your payment email in the expected timeframe, contact the Criminal Records Review Program (CRRP) at 1-855-587-0185 (option 2). They will confirm your name, DOB and email address and, if necessary, resend the payment email to you.

Please visit CRRP for their current turnaround times.

What is the processing time to receive criminal record check clearance?

Processing time by the Ministry of Public Safety & Solicitor General can vary depending on the volume of applications being processed.

  • Processing time for online consent is generally 4-10 business days
  • Processing time for manual consent is generally 6-8 weeks

Please visit CRRP for their current turnaround times.

Can I use a previously cleared criminal record check completed through the Ministry of Public Safety & Solicitor General?

Yes. Camosun College will accept a clearance letter previously completed through the Ministry of Public Safety & Solicitor General’s Criminal Records Review Program, provided your clearance letter meets the following criteria:

  • The criminal record check must have been completed within the last five years
  • The previous check must have been completed with the same “works with” type, as required by Camosun (Schedule B - works with children and/or vulnerable adults).

We advise that if your previously completed clearance will expire before the end of your program at Camosun, it will be in your best interest to apply for a new criminal record check.
For instructions on how to complete a “shared” request, please contact us at crimrecchk@camosun.ca. Be sure to include your full name, student ID number, program name and a phone number at which you can be reached.

Can I share Camosun College’s criminal record check results with another organization?

Yes, provided the organization receiving the results is registered with the Criminal Records Review Program (CRRP) and is willing to accept your previous results.

Please refer to the Ministry criteria and instructions to share the results of your CRC.

Can I have a copy of the criminal record check clearance?

If you require a copy of your clearance letter, please contact crimrecchk@camosun.ca. Be sure to include your full name, student ID number, program name and a phone number at which you can be reached.

Who should I contact if I can't find the answer to my question(s)?

Please contact us at crimrecchk@camosun.ca. Be sure to include your full name, student ID number, program name and a phone number at which you can be reached.

Contact information

Student Records - Criminal Record Check

Campus location

Lansdowne: Isabel Dawson Building, Main Floor

Location link

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Campus location

Interurban: Liz Ashton Campus Centre, 2nd Floor

Location link

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250-370-3570

crimrecchk@camosun.ca