Planning on working (or volunteering) as a teacher, social worker, day-care worker, nurse or children's sports coach? If you will be working or volunteering with vulnerable members of society such as children, the elderly or persons with disabilities, you may need to complete a Vulnerable Sector (VS) Check. Vulnerable Record Searches are to confirm that people working with the vulnerable sector (children, the elderly and/or disabled) in either a paid or volunteer fashion are screened to make sure there is no history of criminal abuse. These checks are designed to protect vulnerable Canadians from dangerous offenders and will uncover criminal records and any pardoned sexual offense convictions with results in determining whether the applicant is suitable to work with children.
A Vulnerable Sector Check is initiated by the local police in the jurisdiction where you live. Not all paid or volunteer positions require this type of check, so your prospective employer or organization should let you know exactly what information you need to bring with you to start the check.
If your gender and date of birth match to a pardoned sex offender record, you will be asked to provide fingerprints to confirm your identity. These prints will only be used to confirm your identity and are not an accusation of any crime. It should also be noted that these prints will only be used for this purpose and will be destroyed after 90 days. The RCMP does not keep your prints on file for any civil check - they will not be used again in any future search.
The Canadian Police Information Centre (CPIC) system will be used as well as your local police's own database to conduct a background search based on your name, gender and date of birth.
If there are any scheduling conflicts or if the police in your local jurisdiction cannot submit prints electronically, you can request to have your prints taken by an RCMP-accredited fingerprinting company like Sting that does have the technology. You will need a Letter of Instruction from your local police and your identification.