The Criminal Records Review Act states that people who work with or may potentially have unsupervised access to children or vulnerable adults must undergo a criminal record check by the Criminal Records Review Program (CRRP)*. This includes all practicing registrants of COBC.Every applicant must complete a criminal record check as part of their registration application. Then, once registered, they must complete a re-check every 5 years. COBC will send you a reminder when your current criminal record check is due to expire.
For assistance, please refer to the step-by-step "Applicant Guide" provided by the Criminal Records Review Program, or call the Program office directly at 1-855-587-0185 ext. 2.
The CRRP will send your updated clearance letter directly to COBC. Our team will notify you when we have updated your file. Please note that the criminal record check process can take several weeks to complete. In certain cases, the CRRP will flag an application for additional review before issuing the clearance letter. You may receive a letter in the mail stating that you must complete a Vulnerable Sector check, which involves fingerprinting. If this happens to you, simply follow the instructions provided in the letter. You can find more information on that process here.
Only registrants with a valid, current criminal record check clearance letter on file are permitted to provide opticianry services to children and vulnerable adults. Failure to complete a criminal record check despite reminders from COBC may result in limits or restrictions being placed on your licence.
Phone: (204) 927 - 2101