In some circumstances, organizations’ ability to request and use information from your police record will be limited by human rights law. Ontario’s human rights legislation, the Ontario Human Rights Code, only protects people from discrimination if they have a pardoned conviction (now known as a record suspension). There are also human rights protections for individuals who have a conviction for any provincial offence, such as offences under the Highway Traffic Act. These existing human rights protections mean that in most circumstances (with a few exceptions), an employer cannot refuse to hire you because of your pardoned convictions or record of provincial offences.
Unfortunately, however, there is no clear human rights protection in Ontario for individuals with police records or convictions that have not been subject to a pardon (or record suspension). That means that an employer can legally choose not to hire you because you have a criminal record. That being said, if you have the opportunity to discuss your police record with a potential employer, you may get an chance to explain it and tell them why they should still hire you as the best candidate for the job. Check out our E-Learning tool on for some helpful tips and videos.