Police Vulnerable Sector Check (PVSC)This check is restricted to applicants seeking employment and/or volunteering with vulnerable individuals. With your consent, a query of sex offences for which a pardon has been granted will be conducted in compliance with the Criminal Records Act (CRA).
By definition, “Vulnerable Persons" means persons who, because of their age, a disability or other circumstances, whether temporary or permanent, (A) are in a position of dependence on others; or (B) are otherwise at a greater risk than the general population of being harmed by persons in a position of authority or trust relative to them.
If you are not to be working or volunteering with vulnerable persons as defined above, you only require a Police Information Check (PIC).
Non-conviction information shall be released only when it meets the Exceptional Disclosure Assessment.
NOTE: In accordance with the Criminal Records Act, the police must be satisfied that a Vulnerable Sector screening check is a truly valid requirement for the position. A request for a Vulnerable Sector check does not guarantee one will be completed. The applicant and agency must satisfy requirements for eligibility.
For specific examples where a VS check may and may not be appropriate,
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Police Vulnerable Sector Checks will include:
- Criminal convictions from CPIC and/or local databases and Summary convictions, for five years, when identified.
- Findings of Guilt under the Youth Criminal Justice Act within the applicable disclosure period.
- Outstanding entries, such as charges and warrants, judicial orders, Peace Bonds, Probation and Prohibition Orders. As per CPIC policy, information obtained from the Investigative Databank must be confirmed and authorized for release by the contributing agency.
- Absolute and conditional discharges for 1 or 3 years respectively.
- In very exceptional cases, where it meets the Exceptional Disclosure Assessment, non-conviction dispositions including, but not limited to, Withdrawn and Dismissed.
- Not Criminally Responsible by Reason of Mental Disorder.
- All record suspensions as authorized for release by the Minister of Public Safety.
Police Vulnerable Sector Checks will NOT include:
- Summary convictions from another jurisdiction may not be disclosed.
- Convictions under provincial statutes.
- Local police contact (only when it meets the Exceptional Disclosure Assessment).
- Ministry of Transportation information (PARIS).
- Special Interest Police (SIP) category of CPIC.
- Family Court Restraining Orders.
- Foreign information.
- Any reference to incidents involving mental health contact.
- Diversions will not be released as police contact and no reference to the occurrence is permitted (CC S. 717.4).
- Youth Criminal Justice Act (YCJA) information beyond the applicable disclosure period.
- Any reference to contagious diseases.
Self-DeclarationSelf-declaration of a criminal record is a process where you may declare your adult criminal record convictions to the police service.
Do NOT declare:
- A conviction for which you have received a pardon.
- A conviction where you were a “young person”.
- Absolute or Conditional Discharges.
- Any offences where you were not convicted.
- Provincial or municipal offences.
- Any charges dealt with outside of Canada.