updated Feb. 7, 2014
posted Jan. 30, 2014
The provincial Criminal Record Review Program made the following two changes to their process in November 2013.
The criminal record check fee increased from $20 to $28. This is a Criminal Record Review Program fee, not a CRNBC fee. The money collected is passed directly to the Criminal Record Review Program.
Criminal record checks include a Vulnerable Sector Check (which is a search of the Pardoned Sex Offender database completed by the RCMP). This check was previously done using a person’s name, birth date and gender. It is now done using a combination of name and/or date of birth and/or gender. The search criteria decision was made solely by the RCMP with the intention of eliminating the possibility of an offender changing their name to circumvent a criminal record.
If a match is found during the Vulnerable Sector Check, the Criminal Record Review Program will advise the nurse that he or she must be fingerprinted to complete their criminal record check. Under the Criminal Record Review Act, agreeing to a criminal record check includes agreeing to fingerprinting.
Nurses who refuse fingerprinting will be referred to CRNBC’s Professional Conduct Review.
The only exception to the fingerprinting requirement is for nurses living outside of Canada. These nurses will have to call CRNBC to discuss their options.
Non-practising registrants must complete a criminal record check every five years.
As a reminder, please be advised that if you wish to have your name changed on the College’s register, you will need to provide a notarized copy of the name change to CRNBC. This is required under the Criminal Records Review Act.