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Canada Post introduces in-person background checks at local post offices


New partnership with BackCheck™ offers easier access to ID verification and background checks for employment screening

Ottawa, ON - Canada Post now offers Canadians the convenience of verifying their identification documents for background checks at their local post office. The new service is offered through an agreement with BackCheck™, Canada’s largest provider of pre-employment screening. Canadians will now be able to walk in to their local post office and proceed with their ID verification – a requirement of the background check process for employers requiring a criminal record check.

“We have the largest physical network in the country, and we recently upgraded our technology to help us provide additional services and conveniences to Canadians,” said Louis O’Brien, Chief Customer Officer at Canada Post. “By offering this new service, Canada Post makes it easier and more convenient for Canadians to fulfill the requirements for employment.”

“Coupling the Canada Post network of post offices to the platform creates a convenient and secure way for individuals to obtain a criminal record check,” says Dave Dinesen, President and CEO of BackCheck™. “Organizations can direct individuals to a post office to complete their verification, which can be more convenient than arranging a meeting at an office.”

Here’s how obtaining a background check works:

* Login to
* Once registered, the individual prints the necessary forms and takes them to a participating Canada Post location, where a retail clerk will witness the signature, scan the completed form and the appropriate identification, and submit both to
* BackCheck™ then conducts the background checks through their police partners.
* The transaction is available free of charge to the applicant and takes less than 5 minutes, making it a real time-saver for Canadians.

“Applicants can be assured that their personal information is protected,” adds O’Brien. “The software used is a mail service legally protected by the Canada Post Corporation Act and compliant with the Criminal Code of Canada, PIPEDA, the Privacy Act, and the Evidence Act.”

About Canada Post
With 71,000 employees and about 6,500 post offices, The Canada Post Group – including affiliates Purolator Courier and SCI Group, as well as Innovapost (a joint venture with CGI), maintains the largest retail and transportation network in the country. Canada Post delivered close to 11 billion pieces in 2009 to 15 million addresses across Canada, posting $7.3 billion in revenue. Canada Post provides innovative physical and electronic delivery solutions, creating value for our customers, employees and Canadians. Canada Post has been chosen as one of Canada’s Top 100 employers by Mediacorp for the past four years and in 2009 was named “Most Iconic Brand in Canada” by Brand Finance Canada. Website:

About BackCheck
BackCheck, a division of Checkwell Decision Corporation, was founded in 1997 and specializes in pre-employment background checks, including Criminal Record Checks, Credit Bureau Inquiries, Reference Checks, Employment and Education Verifications, and Driver Abstracts. BackCheck is Canada’s largest and leading provider of pre-employment screening, conducting checks on a global basis, for more than 5,000 organizations based in North America, Europe, and the UK. For more information, visit


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