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Police Vulnerable Sector Checks (PVSC)

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***Please note that due to high volumes, all types of police record checks are currently taking approximately five weeks to complete.  Therefore, effective Monday, March 4th, 2019, and until further notice, we will be switching to intake only at all of our locations, including headquarters at 5700 Valley Way in Niagara Falls.  This will allow us to reduce the number of wickets open at our Records Counter, and to redeploy staff members to the completion of police record checks only, in order to reduce the wait time for all members of the public.  We apologize for any incovenience, and appreciate your co-operation as this will help address the backlog in short order.  Thank you.***

 

IMPORTANT NOTICE

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.

Note

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.