Police Information Check with VS (PIC-VS)This check is restricted to applicants seeking employment and/or volunteering in a position of authority or trust relative to vulnerable persons in Canada only. It is a collection of offence information, including convictions, outstanding warrants, charges, judicial orders and sexual offence convictions for which the individual has received a record suspension where authorized by the Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness. 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.
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The Police Information Check with Vulnerable Sector will include the following information:
- Local police records from any law enforcement agency.
- Alberta provincial court records
- Canadian Police Information Centre (CPIC – National police records)
For positions not working with the vulnerable sector:
- Criminal convictions registered in the National Repository in Ottawa, and
- criminal convictions not yet registered on one’s criminal record in the National Repository in Ottawa dating back 3 years, and
- summary convictions not registered on one’s criminal record in the National Repository in Ottawa dating back 3 years, and
- absolute discharges dating back 1 year, and
- conditional discharges dating back 3 years, and
- adult and youth Alternative Measures/Extrajudicial Sanction and diversion involvement dating back 1 year. Multiple diversions beyond one year are treated on a case-by-case basis with consideration given to disclosing some or all relevant involvement, and
- warrants, and
- pending criminal charges, and
- police files from any law enforcement agency, Canadian or otherwise. (Includes known relevant suspect/non-criminal contact with police, enforceable court orders i.e. a Peace Bond, criminal charges that have been stayed, withdrawn, dismissed, charges under appeal, and findings of criminally not responsible-mental disorder.
For positions working with the vulnerable sector:
- Standard check and disclosure as listed above, and
- pardoned records of convictions sexual in nature and/or involving children. Disclosed with applicable vulnerable sector consent.
The Police Information Check with Vulnerable Sector WILL NOT include:
- Convictions under provincial statutes (i.e. Highway Traffic Act, Trespass to Property Act, Gaming and Liquor Control Act)
- Local police contact (unless, in very exceptional circumstances, where it meets the Exceptional Disclosure Assessment)
- Alberta Transportation information
- 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
- Absolute and Conditional discharges, when completed