Police Clearance Certificates or certificates of non-criminal activity, as they are sometimes referred to, must be obtained from the country of current residence and from each country
in which the applicant has resided for more than six months since his or her 18th birthday.
Police Clearance Certificates can usually can be obtained through law enforcement offices or other government agencies. In extenuating circumstances, Canadian Immigration Visa Offices will waive the requirement to submit Police Clearance Certificates.
In general, applicants and, if applicable, all family members who are 18 years of age or older need to get a police certificate. These certificates must be obtained from each country or territory where the individuals has lived for six or more months in a row since the age of 18.
For the country the individual currently lives in
, the police certificate must be issued no more than six months before you apply.
For countries where the individual has lived for six months or more
, the police certificate must be issued after the last time you lived in that country.
If your certificate is in a language other than English or French, it must be sent along with the original copy of a translation done by a certified translator.