A Good Reason to Complete Criminal Record Checks

Failure to provide consent or authorization has consequences under the CRRA and the Health Professions Act (“HPA”), including being referred to the Inquiry Committee. Even if consent or authorization was provided on application, failing to provide fingerprints or paying the required fee subsequently can be considered as a failure to “complete” the authorization.

From a procedural perspective, once the College receives notice from the Criminal Records Review Program (“CRRP”) that a registrant has failed to provide authorization and that their CRRP file has been closed, both the CCRA and the HPA require the Inquiry Committee of the College to investigate the matter. The CRRA further requires the College to notify the registrant’s employer that the registrant must not work with children or vulnerable adults while the authorization remains outstanding and the College investigation is in process.

Under the HPA, once the investigation has been completed, the Inquiry Committee must then decide whether to impose limits or conditions on the registrant’s practice or to suspend or cancel the registration of the registrant until the registrant provides the authorization as required. The College must then notify the public (via its website) about the action taken against the registrant.

Investigations are most commonly triggered when a registrant fails to “complete” his/her authorization by neglecting to pay the required fee or by failing to provide fingerprints.

To avoid triggering an automatic investigation resulting in practice restrictions, suspension or cancellation, as well as public notice of the same, please be sure to authorize your criminal record checks or verifications as required.