Background Checking In Canada

Background Checking In Canada

Conducting background checks into the educational, employment, criminal or credit history of candidates for employment can form part of a company’s recruitment processes. The article provides a brief overview of the Canadian legislation to be considered when implementing policies and procedures for background checking in Canada.

What legislation must be considered before conducting background checks?

(a) Privacy Legislation

(b) Human Rights Legislation

What types of background checks can employers conduct?​

(a) Reference and Educational/Professional Credentials Checks

(b) Criminal Record Checks

(c) Credit History Checks2

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W. Barry Nixon is the COO, the leading background screening information portal and online worldwide directory of professional background screening firms and Suppliers to the background screening industry. He co-authored the landmark book, Background Screening & Investigations: Managing Hiring Risk from the HR and Security Perspective. He also is the publisher of award winning newsletters, The Background Buzz and The Global Background Screener, and the author of the Background Checks column in PI Magazine.

In addition, Barry is a past recipient of the elite ‘Top 25 Influential People in Security’ by Security Magazine and past Co-Chair, International Committee for the National Association for Professional Background Screeners (NAPBS). He currently serves as a Global Ambassador for NAPBS.

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