The Government of Canada recently increased the criminal record check requirements for Government Security screenings of private contractors. Although many contractors and their staff previously required a check based only on name and date of birth, this has now been upgraded to checks based upon fingerprints, which are far more reliable and conclusive.
Most Government contractor security screenings are handled by the Contract Security Program of Public Services and Procurement Canada (formerly Public Works and Government Services Canada). Application procedures vary based on the level of clearance required. However, even the lowest screening level (“reliability status” at the time of this writing) now requires that fingerprints be taken.
Whether you are renewing your screening under a government contract or program, or are getting a screening for a new contract, Red Seal Notary has two convenient fingerprinting locations to serve you. 25 Adelaide Street East is only a few minutes walk from the Bay Street Financial District in Downtown Toronto, home to many Government offices and Corporate headquarters. We also have a location in North York, very close to Yonge and Sheppard. We are working on expanding this service to other Red Seal Notary walk in locations.
If you have a large staff to be fingerprinted, please contact us in advance. We may be able to open a corporate account for your organization, so you won’t have to reimburse all those staff members individually.
Please note that due to the RCMP’s strict regulations, only one person is allowed in the fingerprinting area to be fingerprinted at a time. As such, you may wish to caution your staff not to show up in large groups, as this will only lead to needless waiting. Both locations have extended hours (see the links below), allowing your staff to attend at their convenience.
The electronic fingerprinting process at each of these two locations is accredited by the RCMP, and the fingerprints sent electronically, ensuring a fast and efficient process. Normally for a screening application, the results are sent from the RCMP directly to Public Services and Procurement Canada. Your staff will be provided with a printout after their prints have been sent which includes the Document Control Number (DCN), used to match fingerprint results with the screening application. Ensuring your staff receive this number is part of our regular RCMP fingerprint service.
Please refer your staff to our Fingerprinting Page for helpful reminders, such as making sure they bring 2 valid IDs, and moisturizing a day or two beforehand can help ensure the best quality fingerprints.
For specific details about our fingerprint locations, including a map to find them, visit the links below: