In January 2011, the Police Records Check Coalition began investigating complaints that persons with a mental health history were being denied entry to the United States. In some cases where the US Department of Homeland Security checks the identification of Canadian citizens, such persons have been denied entry to the US solely due to their mental health history. Cases coming to our attention have involved individuals who have attempted suicide and been apprehended under the Mental Health Act.
Information entered into local police databases may also be shared with national police information databases, which are managed by the Canadian Police Information Centre (CPIC). These national databases are administered by the Royal Canadian Mounted Police on behalf of participating police forces across Canada. The US Department of Homeland Security and the US Customs and Border Protection agency have access to many CPIC records. This is the information used to determine, in part, who can enter the US.