The Ministry of Education says there are measures in place for background checks, which apply for teachers and daycare staff.

Ingrid Anderson from ministry notes the Ontario College of Teachers regulates the teaching profession in Ontario in the public interest. Teachers, including supply teachers, must be members in good standing with the college in order to teach in Ontario’s public schools. One of the requirements for registration with the college is for applicants to provide an original, signed Canadian criminal record check report for review.

In addition, Anderson adds school boards in Ontario are required to collect a police record check -- or background check -- for every employee and service provider, who comes into direct contact with students on a regular basis, before working at a school. School boards are also required to obtain an annual offence declaration from employees by Sept. 1 of every year they are employed, or continue to provide service to the board.

Upon becoming aware that a teacher or supply teacher has been charged or convicted of an offence under the Criminal Code that could put students at risk, Anderson says school boards are required to ensure that the teacher or supply teacher no longer has contact with students.  In addition, school boards are required to report to the college of teachers promptly if:

  • they become aware that an employee who is a member of college has been charged or convicted of an offence under the Criminal Code; or
  • the employee has taken part in conduct that the employer believes should be reviewed by the college.

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