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Police Vulnerable Sector Checks (PVSC)


***Please be advised that due to high volumes, all types of police record checks are currently taking approximately four weeks to complete***


Please be advised that on Tuesday October 30th, 2018 the Records Counter at 5700 Valley Way, Niagara Falls will be closed to accommodate for staff training on the new Police Record Checks Reform Act (2015), which takes effect on November 1st, 2018.  As such, absolutely no police record checks will be processed on the spot on this date.  The Niagara Falls Headquarters Front Desk will be offering intake services only for any police record check applications, Freedom of Information requests, Insurance requests, etc., however, it is it is requested that you attend on a different day as staffing levels are lower, which may result in long line-ups.  All other Niagara Regional Police Service district front desks will be operational on this date for applicants to apply in person for any request if so desired. As well, if you would like to apply for your police record check online, you can visit our Online Police Record Check Application Page to do so at Please be advised that the Records Counter will be back to regular operating hours (8:00am – 6:00pm) on Wednesday, October 31st, 2018. The Niagara Regional Police Service appreciates your understanding in regards to this disruption to public service.




Payment Policy Adjustment

Effective October 1, 2018

Please be advised that effective October 1, 2018 payment may be made by Debit, Visa or MasterCard.

Cash will no longer be accepted.



A PVSC may be required for the purpose of:

  • Employment
  • Volunteering
  • Student field placements
  • Home stay programs
  • Kinship or Foster care providers


The PVSC is intended for applicants who will be in a position of trust or authority over children or vulnerable persons in Canada only.  (This means more than just having contact with children or vulnerable persons).

Please review the Information for Agencies or Information for Applicants document above for more details on what type of information (incidents, charges, etc.) is included on the PVSC.

The applicant applies to the police service where he/she lives. The applicant will be required to provide the police service with the following information:

  • A description of the position
  • The name of the organization staffing the position
  • Details regarding the children or vulnerable persons

The police service conducting the vulnerable sector check may ask for more information. The police service will use this information to determine if the position meets the legal requirements to conduct a vulnerable sector check. If the position does not meet the requirements of the Criminal Records Act for a vulnerable sector check, it is illegal for the police service to conduct one.

The police service will conduct name based checks of all of the data bases. In some cases the applicant will be required to submit fingerprints for identity confirmation. The use of fingerprints ensures the accuracy of the identification process.


Due to a change in RCMP policy, effective December 5, 2010, we can no longer accept requests for a PVSC from persons residing outside of the Niagara Region. You must attend the police service that serves the municipality in which you reside. Students with a temporary school address in the Niagara Region must provide the current local address and proof of address (copy of lease agreement, utility bill, etc.) in order for us to process their PVSC.

A PVSC can only be processed for applicants 18 and over who will be working or volunteering in Canada for a Canadian agency. As per RCMP policy, we cannot process a PVSC for applicants who will be working or volunteering outside of Canada or for applicants who need to obtain the PVSC for a foreign agency.

Online Applications

If you would like to apply for your police record check online please visit our Online Police Record Check Application Page

Contact Us

Police Vulnerable Sector Checks are processed by Niagara Regional Police Service, Records & Information Management Unit, Customer Service Clerks.

We can be reached by phone at: 905- 688-4111, extension 4400.

By mail: 5700 Valley Way, Niagara Falls Ont. L2E 1X8

Our office hours are: Monday through Friday 8 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.