Town of Canmore

Criminal Record Checks

Criminal record checks are done at the RCMP detachment: 101 Elk Run Blvd, Monday to Friday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. 

Types of Record Checks

Name-Based Criminal Record Check
A Name-Based Criminal Record check is a query, based on name and date of birth, of active criminal files in the RCMP National Repository of Criminal Records used to determine the possible existence of a criminal record. Generally used as a preliminary search only to determine if a Fingerprint-based Criminal Record check may be required. The query may also include a search of court records and a query of records management systems in other police agencies’ jurisdictions through the Police Information Portal (PIP) or other data sharing systems.
Vulnerable Sector check
A Vulnerable Sector check is a name-based criminal record check (or police information check) plus a check to see if a person has a record suspension (pardon) for sexual offenses. The information that can be legally disclosed is provided to the applicant.  In some cases, the applicant will be required to submit fingerprints for identity confirmation.
Certified Criminal Record Check
When name-based criminal record checks do not provide a definite way of confirming a person's identity, you may be asked to provide fingerprints. This is known as a Certified Criminal Record check. Certified Criminal Record Checks are based on fingerprint submission. Fingerprinting services are by appointment only; call 403.678.5519 to schedule a time. The fingerprints submitted to CCRTIS for criminal record checks are only used to confirm your identity. At no time are fingerprints added to a database where they could be subject to search. Results from these checks can be received in as little as 14 days, but can take in excess of 120 days. The option to have results returned directly to the applicant or a third party may apply.

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Record Checks for Employment
All Basic and Vulnerable Sector Criminal Record checks for employment incur the following fees:

·  Residents of Canmore – $35 fee payable by debit or credit

·  Residents of Exshaw, Deadman’s Flats, Harvie Heights, or Lac Des Arcs – No charge
Record Checks for Volunteer Purposes
All Criminal Record checks for volunteer purposes are supplied at no cost, where a volunteer letter is provided. This includes Vulnerable Sector checks requiring fingerprints for volunteer positions. Volunteer work is charitable work where individuals are not paid or compensated for expenses. It does not include volunteer work that is ordered by a court or a judicial body.

To have the federal processing fee waived, you must provide the agency conducting the check a letter from the volunteer organization with the following information:

·  The name and address of the organization that requires the screening
·  Your name
·  The reason for the screening (e.g., coach, etc.) and where a VS check was requested, who you will be working with (children, seniors, etc.)
·  A statement that you will not be paid for your work nor compensated for any expenses

The fees for Digital Fingerprinting, payable in CASH ONLY, are as follows:

No Fee

$50 Cash Fee

You are applying for Canadian citizenship


You are adopting a child, in Canada or overseas

You are applying to immigrate to Canada

You are traveling and need a visa, a US Waiver, or a border crossing document

You are applying for a job in the federal government (as requested by the departmental security officer)

You are applying for a job with a private business or the municipal/provincial/territorial government

You are applying to join a Canadian police force (when requested by the police force)

You are applying for a record suspension (formerly pardon)

You are making a request under the Privacy Act


You are applying for student placement

You are applying to do volunteer work in Canada


You are applying for a name change


You are living in a house where everyone requires a vulnerable sector check (e.g. home day care centre)

**There is a $25 cash fee applicable if an applicant requires ink fingerprints

You are sponsoring a family member to come to Canada

Note, a Vulnerable Sector check for employment purposes that requires fingerprints will result in a total cost of $85. $35 (payable by card) for the local records check and $50 (cash only) for the fingerprinting services.


When applying for any type of Criminal Records check, the applicant must provide two pieces of identification, one of which must be government-issued photo ID. 

  • For Name Based or Vulnerable Sector checks, applicants must present proof of a local address.
  • For Certified Criminal Records checks, please bring all paperwork provided to you by the organization requesting the check.
  • All applications must be brought in by the applicant.


The Town of Canmore is located within Treaty 7 region of Southern Alberta. In the spirit of respect, reciprocity and truth, we honour and acknowledge the Canmore area, known as “Chuwapchipchiyan Kudi Bi” (translated in Stoney Nakoda as “shooting at the willows”) and the traditional Treaty 7 territory and oral practices of the Îyârhe Nakoda (Stoney Nakoda) – comprised of the Bearspaw First Nation, Chiniki First Nation, and Goodstoney First Nation – as well as the Tsuut’ina First Nation and the Blackfoot Confederacy comprised of the Siksika, Piikani, Kainai. We acknowledge that this territory is home to the Métis Nation of Alberta, Region 3, within the historical Northwest Métis homeland. We acknowledge all Nations who live, work, and play and help us steward this land and honour and celebrate this territory. We commit to working to live in right relations and to advance Truth and Reconciliation.

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