In Ontario, Canada, are you entitled to a copy of your employment background check? Does it matter of you were offered the job or not? Is there a time limit? Background check consists of reference check, criminal record and credit history.

  • You're not going to find out if you got a bad reference, if that's what you're looking for. I can't recall specifics, but AFAIK it's illegal for employers to prevent you from getting another job. So, if a potential employer called a reference and the reference said "he's garbage, don't hire him." they're not gonna rat eachother out. If it's criminal record that you want a copy of, that cost the employer money and its theirs. If you want one, go to a local OPP station and pay the $40 to get yourself a copy.
    – user900
    Commented Dec 24, 2015 at 14:42
  • I'm not entirely correct on the points about references. More here: career-advice.monster.ca/job-interview/interview-preparation/…
    – user900
    Commented Dec 24, 2015 at 14:46

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You can certainly apply for your own background check and pay the appropriate fee for it. You are not entitled to the one the prospective employer bought and paid for; they paid for it, it belongs to them.

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