Starting Jan. 1, it will cost $90 to get a criminal record check from the Ottawa Police Service.

The new fee was approved by the previous council’s Police Services Board and it also applies to obtaining criminal records, getting a judicial matters check and a vulnerable sector check. 

The purpose of the increase is to recover the cost to the force for such checks, according to a media release. 

The current fee for a vulnerable sector check is $15. The same amount applies to a criminal records and judicial matters check. It costs $50 for a police criminal record check. 

Residents, who request a background check to volunteer will continue to get them for free. Non-residents will pay $42 for such a check. 

The force estimates it will do about 88,000 checks in 2018.


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