Legislative review of the Police Record Checks Reform Act, 2015 (PRCRA)

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Bill or Act:
Police Record Checks Reform Act, 2015
Summary of Proposal:
The purpose of the legislative review is to determine whether the Police Record Checks Reform Act, 2015 is achieving its policy intent of standardizing the police record check process while balancing public safety and privacy rights. It also aims to gather information related to issues not directly governed by the PRCRA such as:

• Exploring baselines, minimum requirements, reusability and validity periods for police record checks;
• Issues that impact the delivery of police record checks, such as processing times and how frequently checks are required / requested;
• Employment opportunities for those with a criminal record and connection to public safety;
• The impact(s) of record check requirements on the supply and demand of volunteers; and,
• Impact of police record checks on the resource capacity of police services, municipalities, and Ontarians.

The ministry has created a consultation paper to seek feedback from the public on four broad themes:
• Balancing public safety and privacy rights
• Service delivery
• Impact of PRC requirements on volunteering and employment opportunities
• Additional feedback

To support participation in this review, please see the attached consultation paper that provides an overview of the Police Record Checks Reform Act, 2015 and a set of guiding questions.

If you have feedback not covered in the guiding questions, please submit to
Analysis of Regulatory Impact:
Further Information:
Proposal Number:
Posting Date:
July 26, 2023
Comments Due Date:
September 11, 2023
Contact Address:
Ministry of the Solicitor General
Community Safety and Animal Welfare Policy
25 Grosvenor Street, 9th Floor
Toronto, ON M7A 1Y6
Attention: Police Record Checks Reform Act, 2015 Legislative Review