JFCY media statement regarding Police Record Checks Act

~ Media Release ~

Police Record Checks Act, 2015 introduced today by Ontario’s Minister for Community Safety and Correctional Services.

Justice for Children and Youth (JFCY) welcomes provincial legislation that will clarify what police records information can be released, and how such information can be released.  Clear provincial standards are long overdue.

JFCY has long sought systemic solutions to the inappropriate and sometimes illegal release of police records.  For many years JFCY has represented young people whose records have been released in contravention of the Youth Criminal Justice Act (YCJA), and whose privacy rights have been violated.

The Police Record Checks Act seeks to make clear what police records information can be released, and how it should be properly released.  We are hopeful that the new law will solve long standing problems around the legality and appropriateness of the release of some kinds of information that is kept by the police.  This information includes things that are or should be protected by privacy laws, and other legislation including the YCJA.

JFCY applauds Minister Naqvi’s careful consideration of the issues and the introduction of this important legislation.  We believe that a law that establishes appropriate standards across the province will protect vulnerable people and will improve the safety and security of Ontarians.

For more information please contact Mary Birdsell at Justice for Children and Youth: 416-920-1633