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November 1st, 2018 | Sterling
It’s November 1, the day when Ontario’s Police Record Checks Reform Act (also known as Bill 113) comes into force. This law, passed in 2015, has resulted in significant discussion among organizations that rely on police background checks.
Sterling took a very proactive approach in responding to this law and worked closely with the Canada chapter of the National Association of Professional Background Screeners (NAPBS) to help educate the Ontario government on industry practices, our role and our concerns.
Once the regulations were published in April 2018, Sterling immediately started preparing to comply with the regulations and provide client support for a significant process change to a core product:
We’re thrilled to announce that as a result of the efforts by Sterling and the NAPBS, the Ontario Government has published an official exemption from a key provision of the Police Record Checks Reform Act for the type of checks Sterling conducts. This means that there will be no changes to the Canadian Criminal Record Check or Enhanced Police Information Check process for candidates in Ontario as of November 1, 2018.
This exemption ensures that the process remains efficient, cost effective and compliant for criminal record checks. Most importantly, it ensures that companies and volunteer organizations can continue to bring new candidates on board quickly and safely.
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