Obtaining Your Criminal Background Check

When submitting a new application for a business licence, an original Criminal Reference/Background Check is mandatory and must be:

  • submitted prior to the licence being issued and again every four years.
  • issued by a Canadian Police Service within 280 days prior to the application.
  • completed by a Canadian Police Service. The City will not accept ones completed by third party agency.

A Criminal Reference/Background Check can be obtained from a Canadian Police Service to complete your application or renewal.

Toronto Police Service

You can apply online for a criminal record check or in person at:

Toronto Police Service Customer Service Centre
40 College Street, Toronto
Phone: 416-808-8240

Criminal background checks:

  • $20
  • mailed within 10 business days (does not include online applications)

York Regional Police

You can apply online for a police background check or in person at:

York Regional Police Community Resource Centre
10720 Yonge Street, Richmond Hill
Phone: 1 866-876-5423 ext. 7655

Criminal background checks:

  • $65
  • online service takes approximately 7 to 10 business days
  • same day service only available for in-person applications at Richmond Hill location

Durham Regional Police

Durham Police have advised that they will only provide background checks for residents of the Durham region. For Durham residents, you may go to any police station within the Durham Region.

Phone: 905-579-1520 ext. 4104

Criminal background checks:

  • cannot be ordered online
  • cost $55
  • take 10 business days to process

Peel Regional Police

Peel Police have advised that they will only provide background checks for residents of Brampton or Mississauga. Peel residents may go to:

7750 Hurontario Street, Brampton
Phone: 905-453-3311 ext. 4391

Open Monday to Saturday.

Criminal background checks:

  • cannot be ordered online
  • cost $45
  • must be requested one hour prior to closing