In most cases, when you apply to become a permanent resident of Canada, you and your family members must need to get a police certificate.
We may ask you for one if you’re coming to Canada as a:
- temporary worker
We use police certificates to find out that if you have any criminal record. They help us make sure that you’re not inadmissible to Canada.
A police certificate is a statement that you don’t have any criminal record or, if you have one, a copy of your criminal record will help us to confirm if there are any reasons you may be inadmissible to Canada according to its rules and regulations.
Police certificates are different in each country and territory. They may be called the following:
- police clearance certificates
- good conduct certificates
- judicial record extracts or
- other names
If your certificate is in a language other than English or French, then you must send the police certificate with a translation from a certified translator as per the rules.
Who needs a police certificate?
You and any family member of age 18 or older may need to get a police certificate, depending on the program that you’re applying for.