Regulation - Minister

Consequential amendments to regulations under the Municipal Act (O. Reg 584/06) and City of Toronto Act (O. Reg 595/06) in support of the Ministry of the Solicitor General's proposed initiative to provide free police record checks to volunteers.

Regulation Number(s):
O. Reg 584/06 and O. Reg 595/06
Instrument Type:
Regulation - Minister
Bill or Act:
Municipal Act, 2001 and City of Toronto Act, 2006
Summary of Proposal:
The Ministry of the Solicitor General is proposing changes to reduce barriers for volunteers when obtaining certain types of police record checks by amending the Police Record Checks Reform Act, 2015 (PRCRA). This amendment, if passed, would require police services to conduct and provide the results of Criminal Record Checks (CRCs) and Criminal Record and Judicial Matters Checks (CRJMCs) for volunteers at no charge and provide up to five free copies of the results (if requested at the time of the initial request). To align with the proposed PRCRA change, amendments to the "Fees and Charges" regulations under the Municipal Act, 2001 and City of Toronto Act, 2006 are proposed. The amendments to the regulations would remove municipal and local board powers to charge fees for the services that the proposed amendments to the PRCRA will make free of charge.

The Ministry of the Solicitor General has identified that individuals may face financial and/or administrative barriers when required to obtain a police record check to apply for or maintain volunteer opportunities. To reduce barriers for volunteers when obtaining a police record check, the Ministry of the Solicitor General is proposing amendments to the Police Record Checks Reform Act, 2015 (PRCRA). Through the proposed PRCRA amendments, police services will be required to conduct and provide the results of Criminal Record Checks (CRCs) and Criminal Record and Judicial Matters Checks (CRJMCs) for volunteers at no charge and provide up to five free copies of the results (if requested at the time of the initial request).

To ensure that municipalities and police boards do not continue to charge for police record checks, consequential amendments to O. Reg 584/06 under the Municipal Act and O. Reg 595/06 under the City of Toronto Act are proposed. These proposed amendments would remove municipal and local board powers to charge fees for the services that the proposed amendments to the PRCRA will make free of charge. Overall, the proposed amendment would reduce barriers for volunteers and encourage Ontarians to participate in volunteer opportunities in their communities.
Analysis of Regulatory Impact:
Please refer to the proposal for amendments to the PRCRA posted on the regulatory registry by the Ministry of the Solicitor General for details about the impacts of this proposal. The link can be found under "additional information" below.
Further Information:
Proposal Number:
21-MMAH027
Posting Date:
October 7, 2021
Comments Due Date:
November 21, 2021
Contact Address:
777 Bay St, 13th floor
Toronto, ON M7A 2J3