WHAT HAPPENS IF I HAVE A CRIMINAL RECORD

Employment 

Many employers conduct local and/or federal criminal record searches before hiring. Discovery of your criminal record will negatively affect your chances to get a job.


Self-Employment 

Before sub-contracting to an individual or to a business, many companies require criminal record searches for all employees and owners.


Career Advancement

 Many companies and organizations have started conducting criminal record searches for employees who have applied for promotions. You probably will not get the promotion and may even get fired.


Canadian Immigration 

Citizenship and Immigration Canada often rejects applications for refugee status, landed status and citizenship, and frequently deport people who have criminal records.


Custody of Your Children 

Your child custody and visitation rights may be reduced or eliminated because of your criminal record.


Volunteer Work 

Criminal record searches are required by law for people wishing to be volunteers. Most organizations will not permit you to volunteer if you have a criminal record.


Apartment Rental 

Standard rental application forms ask if you have a criminal record. You may find it difficult to find a place to live if you have a criminal record.


Educational Opportunities 

Many educational programs require criminal record checks.

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