There are a number of different options for individuals who are looking to do a free search for Canadian criminal records, including sites such as CanLII. CanLII is a nonprofit organization that provides access to legal information as well as court judgements and decisions.
Another option is to search the individual judicial databases of certain provinces. Examples of sites that individuals can search include the Manitoba Court registry, the Quebec Court of Appeal and the British Columbia Provincial courts. However, information on older arrests may not be available in these databases, as some only cover the years that online records are available.