Ottawa Police Services seeking public input on background record check fees

The fee structure for police record checks is being revised by the Ottawa Police Service (OPS) and the want input from residents by June 16, 2019.

As an important public service for our community, the OPS processes background checks requested by members of the public that are used by employers and volunteer agencies as a method to screen individuals who are seeking paid or volunteer work.

In the past two years, 83,000 background checks per year have been processed by OPS. Since 2013, requests for record checks have doubled.

“Financial analysis of the direct and indirect costs associated with providing the background check service in 2018 revealed that the OPS is not covering the costs of providing the service, and it is impacting the overall police budget,” stated Jeff Letourneau, Acting Director General.

Three fee structure options are outlined in the brief survey and the OPS welcomes input from the public on the options for full or partial cost recovery. To add your input to the survey — <> until June 16th.

For more information, please see Ottawa Police Services Board report<>.


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