Application Requirements for Business, Trades and Professions

Criminal Background Checks

When making a new application for a City of Toronto business licence, a Criminal Background Check is mandatory and must be submitted to Municipal Licensing & Standards (ML&S) prior to the licence being issued and again every four years.  It must be issued by a Canadian Police Service within 280 days prior to the application.

Please note:

  • Licensing Services requires original Criminal Background Checks and will not accept copies.
  • Criminal Background Checks must be completed by a Canadian Police Service. ML&S will not accept Criminal Background Checks completed by third party agency.

A Criminal Background Check can be obtained from a Canadian Police Service at one the following locations to complete your application or renewal.

Obtaining Your Criminal Background Check

We encourage you to contact the police agencies below to verify the requirements, costs and other information below, however they have been included here for ease of reference.

Toronto Police Service

 40 College Street, Toronto, ON M5G 2J3, Phone: 416-808-8240
Direct link to application.

Criminal background checks:

  • cost $20
  • are mailed within 10 business days (this does not include online applications)

York Regional Police

You can apply for the "Police Criminal Records Check" online or go to one of two locations:

Location 1: 111 Sandiford Drive, Whitchurch-Stouffville, ON, L4A 0Z8, South of Main Street, West of Mostar Street, Phone: 1 866-876-5423 ext: 6781. Open Monday to Friday 10 am to 6 pm. 

Location 2: 10720 Yonge Street, Richmond Hill, ON L4C 3C9, Phone: 1 866-876-5423 ext. 7655. Open Monday to Friday 8 am to 6 pm and Saturday 8 am to 4 pm.

Criminal background checks:

  • cost $60.00
  • are generally provided same day if there is no previous record
  • can be picked up at either of the two locations if ordered online

Durham Regional Police

Durham Police have advised that they will only provide background checks for residents of the Durham region. For Durham residents, you may go to any police station within the Durham Region.

Phone: (905) 579-1520 ext. 4104

Criminal background checks:

  • cannot be ordered online
  • cost $55.00
  • take 10 business days to process

Peel Regional Police

Peel Police have advised that they will only provide background checks for residents of Brampton or Mississauga.  Peel residents may go to:

7750 Hurontario Street, Brampton, ON  L6V 3W6, Phone: 905-453-3311 ext. 4391

Open Monday to Saturday. 

Criminal background checks:

  • cannot be ordered online
  • cost $45.00
  • must be requested one hour prior to closing