Some of your most turnkey industrial and commercial construction projects require workers to obtain the coveted reliability status. Conferred by the Canadian government, this security clearance allows the worker to access protected information and important work sites.
Some companies try to obtain reliability status for their workers by their own means, but they often struggle during the first step of the application process: the background check. To maximize the chances of conferment of reliability status, you should consider enlisting a reputable staffing agency that has extensive experience conducting thorough background checks. A staffing agency expedites the application process as well, freeing up your time and resources.
Matrix Labour Leasing Inc. has conducted accurate background checks and successfully applied for reliability status on behalf of skilled construction workers in Western Canada for almost 20 years. Our experience navigating this process means that we can easily cut the application process from 6 months to 3. If you are interested in taking advantage of our state-of-the-art background checks and obtaining reliability status for your workers as quickly as possible, call our Calgary-based office at 1-866-666-9520 or fill out the online contact form.
What A Background Check Looks Like
A comprehensive background check is the first step of the reliability status application process. A satisfactory verification sets the tone for the remaining steps. As such, one can argue that it is the most important step.
Companies seeking to obtain reliability status for their workers should endeavour to get the background check right. Whether they take up this responsibility themselves or recruit a staffing solutions agency to do it, they need to ensure that the verification process contains at the very least these checks:
- Criminal records check: A complete criminal records check should encompass investigations at both the national and provincial level. Canadian criminal records checks can reveal the following offenses: indictable offenses, hybrid offenses, summary conviction offenses, absolute and conditional discharges, prohibited persons information, record suspensions, and youth crimes.
- Educational verification: This procedure entails consulting registrar offices and databases to confirm the individual’s student records. The results of the enquiry includes degrees obtained, GPA, and courses taken.
- Employment verification: Contacting companies’ HR and payroll departments reveal the individual’s work history. Information gathered includes start and end dates, salary, and whether the individual is eligible for rehire.
- Professional organizations membership verification: The individual’s membership in a professional organization, if they belong to one, is authenticated.
- References: Personal and professional references are verified if the individual provides any.
- Driver records check: This step validates the individual’s license number and examines whether there are claims made against the license.
- Credit check: The credit report shows information on insolvency, bankruptcy, and payment history.
- Commercial vehicle operator registration check: This checks whether your candidate has a safe history of operating large vehicles.
- Drug screening: The drug test looks for traces of illicit substances that could indicate drug use.
- ID check: The individual’s identity documents need to be validated.
In addition to providing a thorough background check, the applicant should also be cognizant of the numerous federal laws and regulations surrounding the proper handling of personal information. As such, it is recommended to entrust the background check to staffing agencies familiar with privacy and document protection laws.
A Head Start For Your Workers’ Reliability Status
Performing the background check as part of the reliability status application can be convoluted if you do not have readily tappable resources and years of experience dealing with the paperwork. Construction firms that attempt to navigate the application process on their own frequently encounter obstacles and, as a result, delay their construction projects.
Partnering with a proven staffing agency like Matrix Labour Leasing Inc. is often the better idea when it comes to obtaining reliability certification for your workers. Our process is streamlined and effective, granting your workers the right to work on keystone industrial and commercial projects as quickly as 3 months. If you are interested in learning more about how Matrix Labour Leasing Inc. can expedite your workers’ reliability status application, call our Calgary-based office at 1-866-666-9520 or fill out the online contact form.
Who needs a reliability status?
According to the government of Canada, any individual who has access to protected information and assets need a reliability status. In practice, almost anyone who performs contractual work with the government needs a reliability status.
Who can request a reliability status?
The company security officer (CSO) or the alternate company security officer (ACSO) can request reliability status on behalf of the worker.
How far back should the background check be?
The background check should cover the last 5 years.