John Howard Society of Kawartha Lakes & Haliburton



JHS Learning Hub

A free learning platform for the justice-serving sector. Skills-based training and practical resources for frontline workers serving justice-involved people in Ontario.


Community Support and Information on Police Record Checks

The HUB is a one-stop site to access free resources and stay up to date on police and criminal records information in Ontario. These free and evidence-based resources are helpful for individuals with records, employers, the volunteer sector, legal and HR professionals.


Invisible Burden: Police Records and the Barriers to Employment

While the Canadian public assumes that a sentence for a crime is finite in length, in fact criminal records can have serious negative effects on people’s lives and careers long after their formal sentences are over. In particular, a police record can make it difficult or impossible to get a job, or to enter an education or training program, even when the crime is irrelevant to the job or education being pursued. In order to get a better understanding of the negative effects of police records on employment potential of Torontonians the Centre of Research, Policy & Program Development (the Centre) at the John Howard Society of Ontario (JHSO) conducted in-depth survey and interviews with employers and a focus group with 8 individuals with police records. The research, supported through funding from the Metcalf Foundation, continued to build on the previous findings from JHSO’s and other community agency’s work on the deleterious effects of police records on employment.


External Links

Prison Visit Handbook
Ontario Correctional Services
Correctional Services Canada

Services Across Canada

To find out more about your provincial/territorial John Howard Society, click on your province below. These links will take you to the respective homepage for your region. (There are currently no provincial JHS societies for Nunavut or Yukon Territory).


Northwest Territories