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Criminal Record Check (CRC)

NWCC requires applicants in select programs to successfully complete the Ministry of Public Safety and Solicitor General Criminal Record Check for 'working with children' or ‘working with children and vulnerable adults'.

Criminal Records Checks (CRC) are required for admission to select programs to ensure it is appropriate for the student to participate in practicum components or to be in contact with children and vulnerable populations. This includes programs that are run in a setting off-campus. CRC's may be governed by external bodies and may be updated as mandated, without notice.

This page will guide you through the process for submitting your Criminal Record Check:

Please note the following information:

  • Completion of a CRC is required before the practicum placement or before acceptance, depending on the program.  The presence of certain crimes on the record may prevent practicum placement, graduation and subsequent employment in the field of study.  Note that CRC’s may take up to a minimum of 8 weeks and are dependent on the back log of external agencies.
  • Completion of a CRC as per the Provincial Criminal Record Review Act may include BC Ministry of Justice Schedule Type B Criminal Records Check (CRC) or a Criminal Record Check as required under BC Child Care Regulation.
  • International students applying to these programs will be required to provide a Police Certificate from their home country, in addition to the British Columbian Provincial or Canadian Federal Criminal Record Review. Any police certificates not in English must be accompanied by a notarized translation.

All completed CRC forms must be returned in person by the applicant to a NWCC campus.  Applicants must not submit forms directly to the Ministry.


Be sure to complete the following steps when filling out the Ministry of Public Safety and Solicitor General Consent to a Criminal Record Check Form [PDF]

  1. Fully complete Part 1 – Application Information (Note:  you must provide a legible email address).

  2. Complete Part 2 - Section A:

    Organization Name: Northwest Community College
    Organization Title: Admissions Officer
    ID Number: 107985
    Section C - Applicant's Position: Student
    Organization Type: College.

  3. Sign and date the bottom of the CRC form.

  4. Return it in person to any NWCC campus.

  5. The completed form must have two pieces of ID (one primary and once secondary - see below list).

  6. Staff will photocopy both front and back of ID, date stamp and sign it to confirm originals were seen.

  7. If paying with credit card, a payment email from the Ministry will be sent within 2-3 weeks of submitting the CRC. Please check your email frequently. 

  8. If you do not have a credit card, submit a $28 Certified Cheque or Money Order made payable to the Minister of Finance with your CRC application form.

  9. Allow for 4-6 weeks for processing

Primary and Secondary ID's Required

Primary ID

  • BC Driver's Licence and Services Card (Combined Card)

  • BC Services Card (Photo Card)

  • BC Identification card (BCID)

  • Canadian driver's licence

  • Secure Certificate of Indian Status (SCIS) issued by Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada (AANDC)

  • Original citizenship papers or immigration documents — these include: Record of Landing (IMM1000), Sponsorship Undertaking: Confirmation of Permanent Residence (IMM5292), Permanent Resident Card, Canadian Citizenship Certificate (after February 1, 2012), and a refugee protection claim or Temporary Resident Permit (IMM1442). (See note below).

  • Canadian Citizenship Certificate issued prior to February 1, 2012 (wallet sized card issued and includes photo)

  • Offender identification card issued by Correctional Service Canada

Secondary ID

  • BC Services Card (Non-Photo Card)

  • Birth certificate

  • Citizenship papers or immigration documents (without photo)

  • Credit cards

  • BC CareCard

  • Older versions of the Certificate of Indian Status (CIS) issued by AANDC (Laminated Certificate of Indian Status, Certificate of Indian Status "All-in-One," or Certificate of Indian Status "Pilot Project")

  • Other documents that, by themselves or in conjunction with other documents, would be considered acceptable identification for cheque cashing purposes at banks or other financial institutions

Offences Reviewed

A full list of reviewable offences reviewed during a Type B Criminal Record Check can be viewed at the Ministry of Justice.

Sharing Criminal Record Check Results

You may share a previously completed criminal record check if you have completed a criminal record check in the last five years through the Ministry of Justice Criminal Records Review program.  Note: A criminal record check is considered complete once the result has been issued to an organization.  The check must be the same type of check to be acceptable.

To share CRC's with NWCC, please complete the following form and return it to any NWCC campus along with two pieces of ID (see above).

If you have any concerns with your CRC please contact your Admissions Officer or the Dean/Program Coordinator of your program.

Criminal Record Check Programs

Programs that currently require a CRC include but are not limited to: