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as part of

Vulnerable Sector Check


Vulnerable Sector Check

Vulnerable Sector Check is only applicable to individuals who are seeking either employment or volunteering in

a position of authority or trust that is relative to vulnerable persons in Canada only.

This check is used to collect any offence information about the applicants including convictions, outstanding warrants, charges, judicial orders, and sexual offence convictions regardless of whether the individual has received a record suspension issued by the Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness or not. Non-conviction information MAY be released only when it meets the Exceptional Disclosure Assessment.


Vulnerable Persons are individuals who are temporarily or permanently dependent on others or have a higher risk than normal persons of being harmed by a person in a position of trust or authority towards them because of their ages, disabilities, or other circumstances.

Vulnerable Sector Check is normally not required for the individuals who only have casual or occasional contact with children/minors who are under the age of 18 or other vulnerable persons unless the positions of individuals could make the organization’s clients trust the individuals. 


  • All applicants must start the VS Check process at a Local Police.

  • If your name, date of birth, and gender (or date of birth and gender) have a possible match with a pardoned sex offender, the police will require you to submit your fingerprints in order to eliminate this potential match.

  • Some Local Police Services also offer the fingerprinting service for this purpose.

  • If the local police do not provide fingerprinting for this purpose, they will provide you a letter of introduction or a similar letter in order for you to complete the process at an Accredited Fingerprinting Agency. 

  • You can contact a private Accredited Fingerprinting Agency such as Frontier One Inc. to take your fingerprints.

  • We can perform the VS Check based on fingerprints ONLY IF you have a "Letter of Introduction" from the local police stating that fingerprints are required.

  • Once your fingerprints are captured and submitted to the RCMP, the results are sent back directly to the local police who requested the fingerprints. 

  • Our involvement in the process is limited to the capture and submission of your fingerprints to the RCMP for processing. 

  • The Police Service is responsible for ensuring that the Vulnerable Sector Check is completed.

What information will be disclosed in a VS Check?:

The Vulnerable Sector Check WILL include the following information:

  • Criminal convictions from CPIC and/or local databases

  • 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

The Vulnerable Sector Check WILL NOT include:

  • Convictions under provincial statutes (i.e. Highway Traffic Act, Trespass to Property Act, Liquor Licence Act)

  • Local police contact

  • 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

*At this time, only our Mississauga, Brampton and Kitchener locations are accredited for VS Check fingerprinting.