Background Checks

The Smith Investigation Agency’s investigative research department conducts thorough, comprehensive background checks in for clients in Alberta, Nova Scotia, and Ontario! We work with corporate clients, legal individuals, employers, not-for-profit organizations, landlords, and private individuals. Background checks enable individuals and organizations to make an informed decision about hiring staff, working with a contractor, renting to a tenant, knowing who your dating etc. If you require a background check, your first call should be to our private investigators. Performing a thorough and accurate background check requires experience that can only come from an established and reputable investigative agency. There are online background check companies that complete background checks but the results are the difference. You need more than a yes or no to a criminal history you need the facts and the things uncovered to make a proper decision.


A background check is a comprehensive report that reveals the facts about a subject, including but not limited to criminal records, provincial and superior court checks, litigation and legal matters, education verification, marital information, and employment history. For jobs that require a high level of security, or whether you want reassurance about someone you welcome into your home, a background check provides the necessary peace of mind. In today’s day and age you cannot rely on someone’s word alone, you need the facts.

Our Background Check Services Can Include:

  • Criminal Record Check
  • Pre-Employment Screening
  • Tenant Screening
  • Drivers Record
  • Education Verifications
  • Credential Verification
  • Criminal Background Checks
  • Employment Verification
  • Reference Verification
  • Bankruptcy Inquiries
  • Asset Searches
  • Civil Litigation Inquiries
  • Superior Court Search
  • Provincial Court Search
  • Social Media Monitoring
  • Credit Inquiries (with consent)

Workplace Background Checks

Many companies both large and small choose to perform background checks on potential hires in order to protect their business interests, customers, and staff. Trade secrets and confidential data are shared with employees once they have been hired, and it’s important that employers know who they are trusting with their business and brand. Not everyone is honest on job applications, whether simply overstating their credentials and experience or in an attempt to conceal red flags from their past. Pre-employment screening and background checks verify if an applicant is telling the truth about their past, or may reveal a problematic history that could save your organization trouble and a financial loss. Enlisting the services of a licensed PI agency to perform thorough background checks in Toronto, and Calgary, as well as other areas on employees, is the best way to ensure full transparency throughout the hiring process.

Criminal Background Checks

Our Criminal Background Checks are for clients for various reasons. Some individuals may be searching for a background search on themselves to provide to a workplace however that is not the type of background searches that we offer. For those, you can search for online background check companies and use a company that does workplace background checks.


For the type of background checks, our licensed investigators complete they can only be done with the investigative tools that we have access to.

Private Background Checks

Are you looking to hire a nanny or place your child in an in-home daycare? The person who is entrusted to watch your young ones should be thoroughly vetted prior to being left alone with your children. A background check will reveal any red flags in your caregiver’s past, or confirm that the caregiver is a trusted, safe individual to care for your children. A background check can also provide reassurance when hiring an elder care provider for parents. Or give you peace of mind before marrying someone. When you are hiring a contractor, how can you trust that they will see the job through and perform high-quality work? A background check will reveal if the contractor has any issues in their past or confirm that they are a worthy hire for your home improvement project.


Another possible scenario where a comprehensive background check can be beneficial is a romantic relationship where one partner is significantly wealthier than the other. Some more affluent people choose to conduct a background check on their partner before entering into a marriage or serious relationship to ensure their finances and assets are not going to be put in jeopardy, and their partner is in it for the right reasons.


There are many reasons to do a background check that provides the peace of mind about a situation. Our gut instinct is fundamental and one that should not be ignored. If you sense something is off contact our team right away. Our turnaround time for background checks is 1-2 business days.

Why Choose Our Private Investigators For A Background Check?

Background checks involve dealing with sensitive material and uncovering portions of people’s past they may wish to remain hidden. To obtain this information you need a team with the resources and knowledge to get the results you need. We are that team and operating nationally across Canada assists our cases even better as our resources and reach are more than that of just a single city or province. We are committed to handling your file with professionalism and discretion at all times. Every investigator we employ across Canada is fully licensed and compliant with PIPEDA, the Privacy Law Act, and Evidence Law Act, ensuring every customer a professional and compliant experience every time.


We have earned an A+ rating with the Better Business Bureau which is further accentuated by our 5-star rating on Google from our customers. We also want to give back to our clients and enjoy building stable working relationships. In appreciation of our customers, we offer AIR MILES® Reward Miles on all our services, including background checks in Toronto and other areas. We take pride in our work and value and respect our client’s wishes with every job we do. Call The Smith Investigation Agency to learn more about our services or request a background check in Alberta, Nova Scotia or Ontario. With The Smith Investigation Agency, you get the experience your file deserves.

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