Attention Government of Canada suppliers and buyers: changes regarding mandatory electronic fingerprints

February 1, 2017 - Gatineau - The Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) is replacing the name-and-birth based criminal record check process with a new criminal record check using mandatory electronic fingerprints.

Starting February 1, 2017, the new criminal record check process will apply to any organization that works or intends to work on Government of Canada contracts with security requirements that have been issued by or will be issued by Public Services and Procurement Canada (PSPC). This process also applies to any government department who uses PSPC Contract Security Program services.

Individuals without an existing valid personnel security screening/clearances will have to obtain a Criminal Record Check through an RCMP accredited fingerprint service provider before submitting a security screening request to PSPC. Suppliers with valid PSPC-issued clearances do not require new fingerprints.

Third-party fingerprint service providers typically charge applicants a fee of approximately $40 to $65.

Useful references


PSPC is offering webinars to outline the process changes. These webinars are open to all employees and private-sector organizations bidding or working on government contracts with security requirements.

Everyone is invited to register!

Questions or concerns

If you have any questions or concerns please email: or contact the Contract Security Program.

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