Getting a Criminal Background Check When Police Stations are Closed to the Public

Posted on 05.08.2020

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Amid the ongoing novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic in Canada, many businesses and organizations have closed their doors to the public — including police stations.

Across the country, police stations have restricted walk-in access to prevent the spread of COVID-19. While still available by phone or email in many cases, this has limited the ways that the public can interact with police officials. In many cases, criminal record checks are one of the services that have been affected.

According to the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP), due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the OPP is limiting criminal record checks to those that support essential functions, such as emergency health care, social services, and childcare.

Several municipal police services have different criminal background check regulations during this time. If in doubt, check with your local police station.

Alternatively, there is another way…

Online Police Checks Anywhere, Anytime

You might need a criminal background check for applying for a job or a volunteer position, especially if COVID-19 has left you looking for work. But if your local police station is closed to the public, where can you go?

Online background check services, such as the solutions offered by Triton Canada, allow Canadians to access police record checks anywhere at any time, regardless of their local police station’s COVID-19 policies.

An online background check from a reputable source gives you the same information you would get from a background check at the police station.

We can only speak to our police record checks from Triton Canada, but our background check data comes directly from the RCMP’s Canadian Police Information Centre (CPIC). This means it is coming from the same source as it would from a police station.

In addition, our information is checked through the National Repository of Criminal Records. It may also include searches of other national and local databases.

The added bonus of getting a criminal background check online is that you don’t have to wait for results. Even during non-pandemic times, when you would go to the police station for a background check, you would often have to wait days, or even weeks, for the report.

With online services, however, that is much faster.

At Triton Canada, for instance, our background checks are available within the hour — and often even quicker, within 15 minutes. Your results are securely emailed to you.

Reduced Pricing for COVID-19

We know this time is stressful and we want to help cope with that. To that end, we have reduced the price of our online police record checks. While they normally cost $59, we have dropped the price to $39.95.

Whether you need to get a background check for work, volunteering, or otherwise, we are here for you. You can get a criminal record check without leaving the house, keeping you safe and getting the results you need quickly.

See the background check process here and start your application today.

If you have any questions at all, don’t hesitate to call 1-844-874-8667 or visit