Background Checks – For private sector and provincial government roles

When presenting candidates for a role in the private sector or provincial government, the client may request a background check, each of which can vary according to the client, sector and role.

Note: These background checks are distinct from security clearances, which are required to work with the Federal Government. For more information, see Federal Government Security Clearances

Types of background checks:

Criminal and/or Credit Checks

Based on the role, clients may request that we verify a candidate’s criminal and/or credit history before the candidate is placed. For example, we may be asked to perform one of these checks if we are placing a candidate in a senior finance role. When we receive these requests, we:

  1. Ask the candidate for permission to conduct this check (having already notified them during the selection process that it would be a requirement, if selected for the role).
  2. Submit the request for a background check to a third-party organization that specializes in these checks. Note: We do not perform these checks in-house.
  3. With permission from the candidate, we submit the results of the check to the client once it is complete.

Vulnerable Sector Screening

If a role requires working with vulnerable populations such as children and seniors, clients will sometimes request that we conduct Vulnerable Sector Screening. When we receive these requests, we:

  1. Ask the candidate for permission to conduct this check (having already notified them during the selection process that it would be a requirement, if selected for the role).
  2. Send the candidate the secure form supplied by the client. The candidate will need to complete the form, and then submit it to their local police unit for processing. Note: We do not perform these checks in-house.
  3. With permission from the candidate, we submit the results of the check to the client once we receive notification from the police that it is complete.

Provincial government background checks

Every province in Canada has different regulations regarding the background checks they require before placing candidates in different roles. Provincial government background checks are conducted only when the candidate secures the role—they are not conducted in advance. When this kind of check is required:

  1. The government will ask the candidate to provide all required information for the background check through a secure online form.
  2. The government body notifies us when the check is complete and, if the results are favourable, gives us the green light to proceed with the contract.

Notes:

  • Altis Recruitment does not conduct background checks on behalf of provincial governments.
  • The background check is valid only for the duration of the contract/placement; it does not last beyond the work term.

For information about obtaining a security clearance for Federal Government placements, see Federal Government Security Clearances