Early Childhood Care and Education
A comprehensive, nationally recognized program with stringent quality standards, Early Childhood Care and Education features program content based on National Guidelines for Early Childhood Education programs.
It is widely recognized that the training of Early Childhood Educators is one of the most significant indicators of the provision of quality child care. Learners in this program will not only have the opportunity to study the historical roots of child care and education and child growth and development, but will explore the connections between these factors. Learners will also develop an understanding of relationships and how play and the learning environment contribute significantly to a child's development. Through study and practical application, learners will experience the thrill of having the opportunity to make a difference in the lives of children and their families.
Early Childhood Educator Coursesprint full list with descriptions
Take the following course(s):
Philosophy of Early Childhood Care and Education
In this course, students will study the foundations of early childhood care and education. They will explore the historical perspective of the field as well as the theorists and philosophers who have contributed to our understanding of growth and development of young children.
Course Code: ECCE-1000
Child Growth and Development 1: Conception to 2 Years
Key areas of study including biological and environmental factors influencing growth and development will be examined in this course. Current research on brain development as well as milestones in all developmental areas will also be explored. Emphasis is placed on the importance of nurturing and touch in this stage of development as students explore how caring for an infant's physical needs impacts on his/her development. In addition, students will practice observing and recording behaviour and development.
Course Code: ECCE-1005
In this course, students will study verbal and non-verbal communications with a focus on the work of Dr. William Glasser including Choice Theory as they attempt to understand themselves and others. Students will have the opportunity to explore behaviour, motivation, responsibility and accountability.
Course Code: ECCE-1010
Child Growth and Development 2: 2 to 6 Years
In this course, students will explore the environmental factors and their effects on a child's development from ages 2 to 6 years. Students will explore the milestones in all developmental areas as well as the theorists who have contributed to our understanding of these areas. Focus will be placed on language, motor development, children's sexuality, and nutrition. Students practice observing, recording and analyzing behaviour and development.
Course Code: ECCE-1015
Child Guidance 1: The People, The Place and The Practice
The concepts of guidance and discipline are presented within the framework of child growth and development, developmentally appropriate practice, and constructivist education. Direct and indirect guidance strategies are explored, so that learners can support children's development on the journey towards self-discipline. The methods of discipline, guidance, and punishment are compared.
Course Code: ECCE-1020
Developmentally Appropriate Practice
This course considers teaching and learning methodologies and how they relate to developmentally appropriate practice. Students will identify the principles of developmentally appropriate practice through an exploration of the "people", the "place", and the "practice".
Course Code: ECCE-1025
Play and the Learning Environment
In this course, students will explore various components of play, investigate their role as a facilitator of play, and consider the connection between play and the learning environment. Students will experience the challenge of creating an environment that will encourage optimal learning for children.
Course Code: ECCE-1030
Principles of Inclusion
Through this course, students will explore the social attitudes, historical practices, and the emergence of inclusion. They will deepen their personal philosophy of early childhood care and education and be introduced to diversity and trends in inclusive education.
Course Code: ECCE-1036
In this course, students learn to plan and implement programs for young children. They are expected to formulate outcomes based on observations and children's interests. Students will experience multi-level instruction strategies that will encourage each child's potential. The challenge of meeting the individual needs of children within a group setting is also examined.
Course Code: ECCE-1040
On-the-Job Training 1
The On-the-Job Training 1 experience allows students to actively participate in the daily activities of an early learning centre so that students can begin to build positive relationships with children. Students will have the opportunity to observe all the daily routines, and the children's involvement in them. Observation helps students acquire a better understanding of child growth and development. In addition, students will use observations and interactions to begin identifying children146s skills and interests. This first placement is critical for students as it helps to establish personal confirmation regarding a career in the child care and education field.
Course Code: ECCE-1047
On-the-Job Training 2
The On-the-Job Training 2 experience is designed to support students in their effort to gain confidence, integrate their learning, and demonstrate their acquired skills in the early childhood field. Students will have the opportunity to practice and apply learning acquired in their course work in a real-work setting.
Course Code: ECCE-1055
Child Growth and Development 3: 6 to 12 Years
In this course, students concentrate on the growth and development of children from 6 to 12 years. They will study the developmental milestones and the theories contributing to the understanding of children of this age. Particular concentration on literacy, cognitive advances and social/emotional development.
Course Code: ECCE-2000
Understanding the Role of Curriculum
Students will examine the relationships between theories and methods of learning in this course where a variety of curriculum areas are explored and discussed. Students will also develop an understanding of integrated and emergent curriculum, with a concentrated focus on The Project Approach.
Course Code: ECCE-2005
In this course, students will examine the process and outcomes of socialization and develop a broader sensitivity to unique family needs. Key areas of study include parenting styles and how to build relationships with families. In addition, students will learn about effective communication with other professionals and agencies concerned with children and families.
Course Code: ECCE-2010
Child Guidance 2: Strategies for Guiding Children's Behaviour
Emphasis is placed on intervention and assisting children in gaining the social and emotional skills necessary to control their behaviour and make more appropriate, socially acceptable choices.
Course Code: ECCE-2015
Meeting the Special Needs of Children
In this course, students will explore the development of children with special needs. Emphasis will be placed on discovering how to support children and their families within a community setting.
Course Code: ECCE-2020
Students will examine the process of self awareness and personal wellness. Individual beliefs and values will also be explored. The aim of this course is to develop the practice of self-reflection, and recognition of personal limitation and strengths.
Course Code: ECCE-2026
Ethics and Professional Practice
Students examine ethical behaviour and professional practice in the field of Early Childhood Care and Education. Students will also develop an awareness of the provincial and national codes of ethics, as well as the national occupational standards. These topics are explored in relation to the students? future professional employment.
Course Code: ECCE-2030
Administration in Early Childhood Care and Education
Students will become familiar with existing provincial legislation, regulations and guidelines under the Child Care Facilities Act and examine the Occupational Standards for Child Care Administrators. A key area of study includes budgeting for various aspects of the program.
Course Code: ECCE-2035
In this course, the student will spend one week on site at an early childhood program which has a full time kitchen staff person. The student will prepare a menu for two weeks and will, in cooperation with kitchen staff, modify the menu as necessary in order to implement it for one week. The intent of this placement is to allow the student to gain perspective on the responsibilities associated with food preparation through active participation.
Course Code: ECCE-2040
On-the-Job Training 3
The On-the-Job Training 3 experience is designed to support students in their effort to demonstrate their ability to meet the expectations of the field. Students will have the opportunity to practice and fine-tune skills, and apply acquired learning from their course work in a real-work setting. At the completion of On-the-Job Training 3, students are ready to enter their final placement, in which they can showcase their ability to take responsibility for an extended part of the day.
Course Code: ECCE-2047
On-the-Job Training 4
The On-the-Job Training 4 experience is designed to affirm the student's ability to meet the challenges of the early learning field. Students will have the opportunity to demonstrate their professional skills, attitudes, and abilities to work both independently and as part of a team. Upon successful completion of this OJT, students are ready to seek employment in the field as entry level Early Childhood Educators.
Course Code: ECCE-2060
|Credential Issued:||Diploma, Early Childhood Educator|
Graduates of this program may find employment with:
- Early childhood centres
- Nursery schools
- Play groups
- Recreation programs
- Family resource centres
- Grade 12 or equivalent with credits at or above the general level
- Grade 12 academic English (minimum of 65% or equivalent based on English assessment arranged by Admissions)
- Applicants must have academic or general grade 11 or 12 math and science at a minimum 60%
- Preference will be given to those applicants with academic credits
- Child growth and development, computer, and home economics courses would be an asset
- A Police Records Check (Vulnerable Persons) with no findings of guilt
- Applicants must complete 40 hours of volunteer or paid work at a licensed child care centre prior to program start date - please fill out this form
- Two letters of reference, one personal and one from an employer/teacher
- Current CPR - Basic rescuer Level C and a Standard First Aid certificate from a recognized First Aid/CPR Trainer.
- Resumé including work and volunteer experience with applicable dates, membership in groups, associations or athletics, awards and distinctions, and any other information about yourself relevant to the program.
Criminal Records Checks - Information for Prospective Students
The following was prepared as a source of information for persons interested in Holland College programs requiring Criminal Records Checks. Although care has been taken in preparing the information contained on this webpage and that the information provided was accurate at the time it was prepared, Holland College does not and cannot guarantee the accuracy thereof. Anyone using the information does so at their own risk and shall be deemed to indemnify Holland College from any and all injury or damage arising from such use. In the event of a conflict between this webpage and any of the sources noted the source document shall prevail. The sources used to prepare the webpage are noted at various places within the webpage and at the end.Index
A. Criminal Records
B. Criminal Records Check and Vulnerable Sector Verification
C. What is Screening?
D. What is a Certified Criminal Record Check?
E. What is a pardon?
F. Does a pardon erase a criminal record?
G. Will a criminal record check reveal that a pardon has been given?
H. Discharge, Conditional Or Absolute Discharge, Withdrawn Charge Or A Stay In Proceedings
I. Why do some Holland College programs require a Criminal Records Check?
J. Vulnerable Person
K. The National Sex Offender Registry
L. How will a criminal record affect my application?
M. How does a criminal record affect an application to programs at the Atlantic Police Academy?
N. I don’t have a criminal record, yet the form completed by the police indicates that I may or may not have a criminal record. What should I do?
O. What does Holland College do with the information I submit?
P. How does the College decide if a criminal record will cause my application to be rejected?
Q. What if I am convicted of a criminal offence after I have been accepted in the program?
R. Will the CRC or VSV that I submit with my application be sufficient for the duration of the program?
S. Do I have to submit my fingerprints in order to obtain a Criminal Records Check or Vulnerable Sector Verification?
T. How does a criminal record impact my ability to travel?
U. Information Resources
Criminal Record Information means criminal records, fingerprints, photographs, and related information maintained in the RCMP National Repository of Criminal Records. Information for vulnerable sector purposes also means pardoned sexual offence convictions maintained in the RCMP National Repository of Criminal Records.
The Canadian Police Information Centre or CPIC is a service operated by the RCMP. The factsheet found at this website provides a full description and explanation of criminal records checks:
A number of Holland College programs require applicants to provide or submit to a Criminal Records Check (CRC) and/or a Vulnerable Sector Verification (VSV). To determine if this applies to your program of interest, please refer to the College Website for the program and check under the “Admissions Requirements” and “Program Participation Requirements” sections.⇑ Return to top
Volunteer Canada defines Screening as an ongoing10-step process designed to identify any person (volunteer or staff) who may harm children or vulnerable adults. Screening involves more than a Police Records Check. For more information see http://volunteer.ca/topics-and-resources/screening .⇑ Return to top
There are two main types of certified RCMP Criminal Record Check products:
- Criminal Record Verification: This process verifies whether an individual has a criminal record and provides any relevant details contained within the National Criminal Records Repository.
- A certified Criminal Record Verification requires fingerprints.
- Should a certified Criminal Record Verification not be required, a name-based verification may be conducted. Individuals with a criminal record must declare their criminal record information, which a police service will confirm if the information matches a criminal record contained within the National Repository (If a match is confirmed, a police service also has the option of providing individuals with a copy of their criminal convictions record in accordance with this policy). If a police service cannot match an individual’s declaration to a criminal record contained within the National Repository, fingerprints are required.
- Vulnerable Sector Verification: This process verifies whether an individual has a criminal record, including the existence of any pardoned sex offences, and provides any relevant details contained within the National Criminal Records Repository. Individuals applying to work in paid or volunteer positions where they will be in contact with children or other vulnerable persons may be required to undergo a Vulnerable Sector Verification.
- A certified Vulnerable Sector Verification requires fingerprints.
- Should a certified Vulnerable Sector Verification not be required, a name-based verification may be conducted. If the verification is inconclusive as to the existence of a pardoned sex offence, or an individual’s declared criminal record does not match a criminal record contained within the National Repository, fingerprints are required.
- A Vulnerable Sector Verification also includes a query of CPIC investigative and intelligence records, and of local police records.
A pardon allows people who were convicted of a criminal offence, but have completed their sentence and demonstrated they are law-abiding citizens, to have their criminal record kept separate and apart from other criminal records. Under the Criminal Records Act (CRA), the Parole Board of Canada (PBC) may issue, grant, deny, or revoke pardons for convictions under federal acts or regulations of Canada. Note: The Parole Board of Canada was previously known as the National Parole Board and the change has not been updated on all sites.
Applicants who may have a criminal record in their past and who are applying to College programs that have requirements for a Criminal Records Check or for travel outside of Canada, should consider obtaining a pardon prior to applying. Be advised that processing a pardon may take from 12 - 18 months. If you have already started the pardon process, you may wish to consult with the contact person for the program noted on the website, to determine how this will affect the processing of your application.
For more information visit the Parole Board of Canada website at: http://pbc-clcc.gc.ca/index-eng.shtml
Fact Sheet – Pardons http://pbc-clcc.gc.ca/infocntr/factsh/pardon-eng.shtml
Visit the RCMP website page -- “Pardon And Purge Services” at:
Pardons may be requested from:
Clemency and Investigations Division
National Parole Board
410 Laurier Avenue West
Ottawa, ON K1A 0R1
Fax. (613) 941-4981
No, a pardon does not erase a criminal record. Under the Criminal Records Act, all records of cases in which a pardon has been granted must be stored separately from other records. As a result, the Parole Board of Canada (PBC) and the RCMP have developed procedures to deal with both hard copy criminal record files and criminal record information on the CPIC system.
The RCMP website also provides the following information regarding pardons and international travel:
- Through international agreements, the RCMP shares criminal records information with foreign authorities who may register this information in their databank.
- If you have been convicted of an offence, you may subsequently be refused entry into another country, even if you have since been granted a pardon in Canada.
- Many foreign countries, including the U.S., do not recognize a Canadian pardon unless you produce a copy for their evaluation.
For more information and information on how to obtain a copy of your pardoned criminal record go to: http://www.rcmp-grc.gc.ca/cr-cj/pp-er-eng.htm⇑ Return to top
Once a pardon has been granted, with the exception of a Vulnerable Sector Verification, police officers will be provided with no evidence that a criminal record existed. A Vulnerable Sector Verification is used to determine the possible existence of a criminal record and/or a sexual offence conviction for which an individual has received a pardon. Pardoned records are purged from the part of CPIC that is accessible by police and moved to a part that is accessible by certain people only. See note above re foreign countries.⇑ Return to top
While a discharge is not considered a conviction, a record of an absolute or conditional discharge is kept by CPIC and by the charging police agency. Absolute or conditional discharges handed down by the court on or after July 24, 1992 will automatically be removed from the CPIC computer system one year (absolute discharge) or three years (conditional discharge) after the court decision. For discharges given before July 24, 1992, to be removed from the record, a person must contact the RCMP. For more details refer to the booklet “Understanding Criminal Records” by the John Howard Society of Alberta 2000 (http://www.johnhoward.ab.ca/pub/A5.htm )⇑ Return to top
Due to the nature of the occupational field that students are being prepared for, some programs at Holland College will require students to provide proof that they provide a report confirming whether or not they have a criminal record.
Society today demands that individuals who volunteer or work with vulnerable members of society, such as children, youth and the elderly, are screened. A Vulnerable Sector Verification is used to determine the possible existence of a criminal record and/or sexual offence conviction for which an individual has received a pardon. The College’s Child & Youth Care Worker, Human Services, Early Childhood Care and Education, Practical Nursing, Resident Care Worker and Paramedicine programs all involve students working with clients that are considered to be vulnerable. Instructors in these programs will examine the Police Records Check submitted by the student prior to any student participating in a placement at the privately owned and operated Child Development Centre located at Holland College Charlottetown Centre and prior to any involvement with children, youth or the elderly in the community.
Some employers may require a police/criminal records check, security clearance and/or personal interview before students are placed in a practicum, co-operative placement or work experience. Programs requiring Criminal Records Checks will clearly identify the requirement on the program's official Web page (under Admission Requirements), in official publications and promotional materials, and during the admissions process.
While the College will provide (after the student signs a consent form authorizing the release) the results of a Criminal Records Check submitted by a student to an individual, company or organization that the student is seeking clinical or practicum placement with, the College does not provide any guarantee, or accept any liability, as to the currency, accuracy, relevance or acceptability of the information. The determination of the relevance of a student’s criminal record to the occupation will be left to the individual, company, or organization that the student is seeking clinical or practicum placement with.⇑ Return to top
This term is used to denote individuals who have difficulty protecting themselves and are therefore at greater risk of harm. People may be vulnerable because of age, disability or handicap, or circumstances. Vulnerability may be a temporary or a permanent condition.
This is purposely a broad definition, one that can include children, youth, senior citizens, people with physical, developmental, social, emotional, or other disabilities, as well as people who are victims of crime or harm. Vulnerable person will also include people who have been victims of a crime or accident, or are otherwise left with little defense against those who would harm them.
The Criminal Records Act (CRA) lists certain sexual offences. If a person was pardoned for such offences, his/her record will be kept separate and apart, but his/her name will be flagged in the CPIC computer system. The RCMP recently made changes to enhance the rigor of Vulnerable Sector Verifications (VSV) and fingerprints are now required to complete this verification. This verification could take up to 120 days to complete. (for more information visit the RCMP website; copies of both consent forms are also available at the site: http://www.rcmp-grc.gc.ca/cr-cj/vulner/index-eng.htm). There is also a VSV FAQ provided on the RCMP website: http://www.rcmp-grc.gc.ca/cr-cj/vulner/faq-eng.htm.
A Vulnerable Sector Verification may only be conducted for a paid or volunteer position of authority or trust relative to children or other vulnerable persons. Prior to conducting a Vulnerable Sector Verification, a police service or authorized body must verify that the position is relative to the vulnerable sector. In accordance with the Criminal Records Act , applicants for paid or volunteer work with "vulnerable persons " must commence the process for obtaining a criminal records verification at a local police service and not at a privately operating fingerprinting firm.⇑ Return to top
The National Sex Offender Registry, a national sex offender database maintained by the RCMP, was proclaimed as law and came into force on December 15, 2004. While the public does not have access to the National Sex Offender Registry, it is a database that provides Canadian police services with important information that will improve their ability to investigate crimes of a sexual nature. It is however a separate database from CPIC and other police databases. For more information visit the National Sex Offender Registry website http://www.publicsafety.gc.ca/prg/cor/tls/soir-eng.aspx
This depends on the program you are applying to and several factors.
The Prince Edward Island Human Rights Act states that an individual, company, or organization cannot dismiss or refuse to employ an individual because he or she has been convicted of a criminal or summary conviction offence that is unrelated to the position the individual is employed in or is seeking.
While the act is very specific in that in only applies to employment, it would be irresponsible of Holland College to accept you into a program where the occupational field would not permit you to work or where there were limitations as to where you could work, without first ensuring you have been adequately informed.
Another factor that the College has to consider is the on-the-job training, clinical, practicum, and community volunteering requirements of some programs. The College’s health and community service programs include clinical and/or practicum placements and community volunteer work with children and/or youth with both private and public institutions, organizations and agencies. Many public and privately operated agencies and institutions require that employees and/or students to submit to a criminal record check. Depending on the nature of the criminal record, and its relationship to the program, a student may find it difficult or even impossible to be accepted in a clinical, practicum, or OJT placement, which will result in a failure to complete a required component of the program and a non-graduating status. Criminal Records Checks and Vulnerable Sector Verifications are one way the health and community service sector can protect clients, especially those who may be vulnerable. Students may not refuse a clinical, practicum or OJT placement on the grounds that a criminal record check is required.⇑ Return to top
The programs offered by the Atlantic Police Academy require the applicant to have no criminal record for which a pardon has not been granted. Applicants to the Correctional Officer, Law & Security and Conservation Enforcement programs are required to submit, prior to acceptance, a Police Records Check with no findings of guilt (CPIC). The Atlantic Police Academy also conducts a background check, which includes a thorough Police Records Check on each applicant during the selection process. Students at the Academy will also be subjected to several Police Records Checks during the program.
Depending on the program and the nature of the record applicants, who do not meet the requirements of a Police Records Check, may have their application rejected or they may be asked to contact a program instructor or Program Manager.⇑ Return to top
I don’t have a criminal record, yet the form completed by the police indicates that I may or may not have a criminal record. What should I do?
You will only receive a standard response identifying that a possible match to an RCMP criminal record exists when, based on the query, the RCMP identified a possible match to a registered RCMP criminal record that matches the name(s), date of birth, and criminal record information you provided. When this happens you need to submit your fingerprints so they can verify your identity. This will result in a Certified Criminal Record Check or Vulnerable Sector Verification Product.
Refer to the Criminal Records Factsheet on the Canadian Police Information Centre website for more information: (http://www.cpic-cipc.ca/English/crfactsheet.cfm)
Only original documents will be accepted.
The contents of criminal record checks are confidential. The documentation will be kept with the application and reviewed by College staff involved in the application review process. If the student is admitted to the program, a copy will be retained (see note1 below) in the official student record and the originals will be forwarded to the program instructor(s). All College staff are governed by policies and procedures that are in place to ensure all personal and private information gathered is controlled and protected.
note1 Some clinical, practicum and OJT sites may require that they see original documents. When this occurs a copy of the originals will be made for the official student file and the originals provide to the student for this purpose.⇑ Return to top
Not all College programs have the requirement for a Criminal Records Check or Vulnerable Sector Verification prior to acceptance. For those program that do, in the event that an applicant has a criminal record, the Program Instructor, Program Manager, Senior Admission Officer, and/or Registrar shall determine if the Record Verification Report provided is acceptable. A record that indicates who made the decision to accept or not accept the applicant with respect to the CRC or VSV, will be added to each student file. The record will be signed and dated by the individual(s) who made the decision. When the CRC or VSV is deemed unacceptable, the reasons for the decision will also be recorded on the record and provided to the applicant. When possible, recommendations for changing the non-acceptance status, such as obtaining a pardon, will also be provided to the applicant. Potential applicants who have a criminal record are encouraged to contact the Program Instructor to discuss their status prior to submitting their application.
Applicants and students are required to report changes and/or offences that occur after submission of a CRC or VSV. Students will be required to sign a form at the start of their program agreeing to this requirement. Failure to do so is grounds for immediate dismissal from the program.⇑ Return to top
After the CRC or VSV has been completed, applicants and students are required to report any changes to their police records and/or any offences for which no conviction has yet occurred to the Registrar or the program staff. Failure to do so is grounds for immediate dismissal from the program.
The action taken upon receiving new information regarding your CRC or VSV will depend on the program and the nature of the offence. A criminal conviction of any kind would mean immediate dismissal from any of the programs offered at the Atlantic Police Academy. A criminal conviction in one of the health and community service programs would have to be assessed by the program staff to determine what if any effect it might have on your ability to successfully complete the program.⇑ Return to top
Will the CRC or VSV that I submit with my application be sufficient for the duration of the program?
As noted above, you are required to inform the College of any changes that may affect the status of your current submission. Generally this will be sufficient for the duration of your program. However, the College cannot guarantee that a clinical, practicum or OJT site will not require a more current check. Should this occur, it is the student’s responsibility to obtain a new check as specified by the site.⇑ Return to top
Do I have to submit my fingerprints in order to obtain a Criminal Records Check or Vulnerable Sector Verification?
As noted in a previous section, finger prints are required to confirm your identity should a Records Check produces a name and date of birth similar to yours. To obtain a Certified Criminal Record Check or a Certified Vulnerable Sector Verification fingerprints are required.⇑ Return to top
A criminal record generally does not impact the ability to travel within Canada (the courts may impose specific travel conditions on a case by case basis); however, if a person wishes to travel outside of Canada, there are a number of considerations.
Every country has its own rules and practice about visitors with criminal records. It is recommended that people with criminal records who want to visit a foreign country contact that country's consulate or embassy to obtain information on each country's practice.
Some countries, like the United States, may require a person to get a travel waiver. Travel waivers are documents that allow persons with criminal records to travel to the United States. Waivers can be obtained at the Department of U.S. Immigration located in some International Airports or at any border crossing. The processing cost is $545 U.S. (cost at the time this document was prepared). The waiver is good for five years. If there are questions about travel waivers, the U.S. Immigration Department can be contacted. It takes six to nine months to process a waiver. Further information and assistance may be accessed by contacting Pardons Canada: http://www.pardons.org/index.html
Since the United States and some other foreign countries have access to the CPIC system, customs officials use the CPIC system to determine whether individuals have criminal records. If a person has a criminal record and/or travel waiver, U.S. Customs will enter the person's criminal record information into their own system - where it will stay indefinitely. If a person tries to enter the U.S. in the future, regardless of whether he or she has received a pardon, Customs officials will have the criminal record documented in their system.
Canadian pardons do not have legal force outside of Canada. The United States is not compelled to destroy their copy of the record when a Canadian pardons is granted. This means that if U.S. customs have previously entered a person's name into their own system, they would have that person's criminal record even though the record would no longer appear on CPIC. In such cases, individuals with a pardon may also wish to consider applying for a travel waiver.
Note: Information from CPIC is retained indefinitely in the U.S. computer system if customs is alerted to the existence of a record for any person attempting to cross the border. If a person has a record and has entered the U.S. in the past without their record being checked, a pardon will be helpful because it will remove the record from CPIC. Since that person's name no longer appears on CPIC, that individual no longer has a criminal record. If Customs asks whether the individual has a criminal record, the individual can say "no." This also applies if a person has received a pardon and has never entered the U.S. The best advice in any situation is to be as honest as possible and remember that U.S. Customs can deny or allow a person to enter the U.S. at their discretion. Travellers should also assume that any criminal record information provided to Customs officials will be entered on their police information system for future reference.
Source: Understanding Criminal Records, John Howard Society of Alberta, 2000.⇑ Return to top
John Howard Society of Alberta 2000 booklet title: “Understanding Criminal Records” http://www.johnhoward.ab.ca/PUB/A5.htm
RCMP Website at: RCMP Criminal Record Check (http://www.rcmp-grc.gc.ca/cr-cj/fing-empr2-eng.htm)
Consent forms for Disclosure Of Criminal Record Information can be accessed from http://www.rcmp-grc.gc.ca/form/index-eng.htm
L-1 Identify Solutions located at 119 Kent St., Charlottetown. http://www.policecheck.com/PEI.html
Commissionaires New Brunswick & Prince Edward Island (NB & PEI) located on North River Road, Charlottetown
Volunteer Canada – Screening Information