Over the last two decades, British Columbia’s courts have consistently held that there is no common law tort for breach of privacy (or intrusion upon seclusion) in British Columbia because of the similar statutory cause of action under the Privacy Act, R.S.B.C. 1996, c. 373.
Criminal record checks are just one type of background check. Other background checks can include checks on identity, educational and professional qualifications, employment history, credit history, lawful entitlement to work in Canada and social media presence.
On August 13, 2020, the Ministry of Government and Consumer Services began seeking feedback from Ontarians in order to address the gaps in Ontario's legislative privacy framework and to establish comprehensive and current rules to protect privacy rights and increase confidence in digital services. The comments are due on October 1, 2020.