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 seat in 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
The Ministry of Public Safety & Solicitor General’s Criminal Records Review Program (CRRP) verifies an applicant’s identity using the BC Services Card as Electronic Identity Verification (EIV).
Using Chrome, Firefox, Safari, or Edge on your computer or mobile device, please go to the Ministry’s website and:
- Enter the Camosun College access code provided to you. If you do not have one, please email email@example.com and include your full name, student ID number, program name and a phone number at which you can be reached.
- After you have entered Camosun’s access code, you will have the option to “Login with a BC Services Card” to apply and consent to a criminal record check. Your BC Services Card must be activated to use this online service.
For more information on the BC Services Card and how to set up an account using your BC Service card, please visit BC Services Card.
CRC application fees
There is a $28 fee, payable to the Ministry of Public Safety & Solicitor General.
Is there an alternative application if I do not have BC Services Card and I have not lived in BC for at least six months, or currently reside out of province?
Yes. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org include your full name, student ID number, program name and a phone number at which you can be reached. You will be provided with a manual application and instructions on how to complete an identity verification with two pieces of valid identification.
Note: If you're an International student, and do not yet have a Canadian address to indicate on a CRC application, please wait to reach out to us until you do have a Canadian address.
What identification can be used to complete a manual CRC 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.
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 email@example.com 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).
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.
If you have a criminal record check clearance that is valid with Camosun College, you will be given the option to select “Share Previous CRC” through the eCRC application page when you apply for your criminal record check. You will not be required to pay the $28 fee again.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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)?
For assistance with your BC Services Card, please go to: BC Services Card - Contact Us
For assistance with the organization ID, or the alternative application process, please contact us at email@example.com. Be sure to include your full name, student ID number, program name and a phone number at which you can be reached.