Think about what you'll do if an employer wants to know about your record

Can an employer ask me if I have a police record?
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Think about what you'll do if an employer wants to know about your record

If an employer asks you to get a police record check, you don't have to do it. But if you don't, you probably won't get the job.

You may think that your police record might affect the employer's decision about hiring you. If this is true, ask the employer to let you explain what's in your record before they decide about giving you a job.

Knowing your legal rights is important but you might also want to talk to an employment counsellor. They may be able to give you practical advice about how to answer questions that employers might ask. They can make suggestions based on what's in your police record and what kind of job you're applying for.

To find an employment counsellor in your area, call 211 or visit the 211 Ontario website. 211 Ontario gives people information about services in their community.

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Reviewed: November 1, 2018

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