Background Checks by Province: What Employers Need to Know

While generally permissible in Canada, background checks can vary from province to province, the most widely used related to educational, employment, criminal and credit history of candidates. Employers should be prepared to approach the process slowly and carefully to ensure properly conducted background checks, avoiding employer liability. Conduct screenings in accordance with provincial and federal law. Human rights legislation exists in each of the Canadian jurisdictions, while privacy statutes and obligations differ among the Canadian provinces when it comes to personal employee information.

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