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​Criminal Record Checks

New applicants are required to undergo a criminal record check (CRC) upon initial registration/certification. All registrants of CDSBC are required to undergo a CRC every five years.

The CRC is a mandatory process required by law of registrants of professional regulatory bodies. The Criminal Records Review Act ensure that people who work with or may have potential for unsupervised access to children or vulnerable adults undergo a CRC by the Criminal Records Review Program (CRRP). Dentists, dental therapists, and CDAs who fail to comply with the criminal record check will not be eligible to register or renew their registration/certification.

CDSBC will automatically submit CRC applications on behalf of registrants whose CRC is due to expire. The annual renewal fee will include one fifth of the cost of a CRC and registrants will be asked to consent to a CRC as part of their online renewal for the year their CRC expires.

For more information on the criminal record check, read our Criminal Record Check FAQs.

Vulnerable Sector Check

As part of the CRC process, the CRRP will conduct a Vulnerable Sector (VS) Check. The VS Check is based on a search of name, date of birth, and gender. If the VS Check finds a match of any of the parameters with a pardoned sex offender, you will receive a letter requesting fingerprints. If you are required to complete the VS Check, please inform CDSBC staff so that we are aware of the delay.

For more information on the VS check, read our VS check FAQs.

Criminal Record Check Process

  1. All of the information required by the Ministry of Public Safety and Solicitor General to process a CRC has been collected by CDSBC at the time of initial registration/certification and/or annual renewal.
  2. The year that your current CRC expires you will be asked, in your online annual renewal forms, to provide consent for release of information for the CRC application.
  3. Payment will also be collected ($28 for new applicants, $5.60 each year for existing registrants).
  4. CDSBC will forward the consent and payment to the Ministry of Public Safety and Solicitor General.
  5. The Ministry will process the criminal record check.
    • If you are required to provide fingerprints as part of the Vulnerable Sector (VS) Check, you are responsible to follow through with this request. Please inform CDSBC staff so that we are aware of the delay.
    • If a relevant offence is found, a notice of adjudication will be sent to CDSBC and it will be examined if the applicant or registrant poses a risk to children and vulnerable adults.
  6.  CDSBC is informed when your CRC is cleared.
  7. If the Deputy Registrar determines that a risk exists, the applicant/registrant, CDSBC, and employer are informed. CDSBC will take action in accordance with the Health Professions Act.


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