Every 5 years you need to have a criminal record check done and yours may be due this year. You would have received an email in early February and a reminder in March, if you are required to complete a new one this year. This must be done prior to renewing your registration this coming June.
Please note that this must be completed through the Ministry of Justice and not through the police department. To be able to use the online process you must:
• have a minimum Canadian credit history of at least six months;
• have resided in Canada for two years or longer;
• correctly answer a set of security questions unique to your personal credit history (takes a few moments); and
• have a current Canadian address (a foreign address can’t be entered through the online service).
To complete your re-check online follow these steps:
1. Logon to https://justice.gov.bc.ca/eCRC/home.htm a secure and confidential website, to complete the Consent to a Criminal Record Check.
2. Enter the following access code V24TG493JN to proceed.
3. Pay a fee of $28.00 using Visa, MasterCard or AMEX.
You must print the Criminal Record Check – Confirmation Receipt page that indicates the Service number and submit this page to the College office either by fax, mail or scan and email to email@example.com
If you are unable to answer the security questions unique to your personal credit history correctly please log out and log back in and try again as a different set of questions are asked.
If you are unable to complete the online process, please print the Criminal Records Consent form and the Credit Card Authorization form and forward to the COTBC office along with a copy of two pieces of identification (ID). Please do not send your SIN number or a copy of your credit card. Your primary ID must have your photo and signature, e.g. passport and/or driver’s license.
Please do this at your earliest convenience as you will not be able to renew your registration this year until this requirement is met.
Why is this needed?
The College of Occupational Therapists of British Columbia (COTBC), as a governing body, requires that occupational therapists comply with the Criminal Records Review Act. This means a criminal record check must be on file with the Criminal Records Review Program and renewed at 5-year intervals during the time you are registered with the College. This includes non-practising registration.