The provincial legislature has unanimously passed the Police Record Checks Reform Act, which brings in standards for what can be disclosed.
Mental health records and records from random checks known as ‘carding’ can no longer be released.
Under the act, non-conviction records, such as withdrawn or dismissed charges, acquittals and findings of not criminally responsible by reason of mental disorder can only be revealed through some vulnerable sector checks for those working or volunteering with children and seniors.
But before releasing the records, police will have to consider things such as how long ago an incident happened, if the record relates to predatory behaviour around someone vulnerable and if the records show a pattern of such behaviour.
Otherwise, in a standard criminal record check, only criminal convictions and findings of guilt under the Youth Criminal Justice Act can be disclosed.