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  1. What information is disclosed on a regular Criminal Record Check?
  2. What is a Certified Criminal Record Check and how do I get one?
  3. Who needs a Vulnerable Sector Check?
  4. What information is disclosed on a Vulnerable Sector Check?
  5. I went for a Vulnerable Sector check and was told that I need fingerprints. Why?
  6. I was told by my organization that I needed a Vulnerable Sector Check but the detachment would only give me a regular Criminal Record Check. Why are they refusing?
  7. I know when all my convictions occurred; can I skip fingerprinting and declare my criminal record?
  8. How long is my Criminal Record/Vulnerable Sector or Record Declaration good for?
  9. Can a youth receive a Criminal Record Check or a Vulnerable Sector Check?
  10. I'm a volunteer; do I have to pay for my check?
  11. How much will it cost me to get a Criminal Record/Vulnerable Sector or Record Declaration?
  12. How long will it take to receive my Criminal Record/Vulnerable Sector or Record Declaration?
  13. How long will it take to receive the results of my fingerprints?
  14. I'm adopting a child; what checks do I need done?


  1. What information is disclosed on a regular Criminal Record Check?


    A regular Criminal Record Check simply notes that you are negative for a criminal record or you are a possible match. If our records indicate you are a possible match, you will likely want a Certified Criminal Record check which means you will need fingerprints. Provincial offences, like traffic violations, are not part of your criminal history.
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  3. What is a Certified Criminal Record Check and how do I get one?


    A Certified Criminal Record check is issued by the Federal Government's Real Time Identification system (RTID). Your fingerprints will be taken at one of our detachments and compared against the database. The results, which show your criminal convictions, are usually returned directly to you, unless the requesting organization is a government department.
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  5. Who needs a Vulnerable Sector Check?


    A VSC is done to protect children and other vulnerable people from physical, sexual, mental and financial abuse. A person requesting the VSC must not only be in the presence of the vulnerable occasionally, they must have some authority over them in a position of trust. Because of this, positions with casual or occasional contact with children or other vulnerable persons would not normally require VS check.

    Examples of people that would qualify for a VSC would be a school teacher, a children's hockey coach, a nurse, a jail guard, or a janitor that works in a nursing home and will be alone with the residents in their rooms. Click here to see a list of common occupations that fall within or outside the suggested considerations of a VSC.
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  7. What information is disclosed on a Vulnerable Sector Check?


    A VSC is the most thorough background check available. It will include criminal convictions, of course, but It may also disclose pardoned offences or what are now call “Record Suspensions.” In addition, it may include “Adverse Information.” These are interactions with police where charges were not laid but where the applicant was acting in a way that was considered violent or a danger to public. Charges could possibly have been laid, but for various reasons, were not.
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  9. I went for a Vulnerable Sector check and was told that I need fingerprints. Why?


    Occasionally, your birthdate may match that of a person who has received a record suspension and sometimes those crimes were of a violent nature. Your prints are taken to either eliminate you as the person with the suspended record or, if you are that person, to verify that you are not a risk to the vulnerable people who will be around you.
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  11. I was told by my organization that I needed a Vulnerable Sector Check but the detachment would only give me a regular Criminal Record Check. Why are they refusing?


    As mentioned above, a VSC is conducted in such a way that the results show more than just your criminal record; they sometimes reveal private information that is not required by an employer to do your job. Some employers want to know everything about you, but the Government of Canada's laws only allowed such information to be disclosed under the strict provision that it is for the safety of vulnerable persons. If the position you are applying does not meet that criteria, the detachment will refuse to provide a VSC.
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  13. I know when all my convictions occurred; can I skip fingerprinting and declare my criminal record?


    Yes, you can declare your criminal convictions. If they match our records, we can note them in the comments on a regular Criminal Record Check saving you the time and expense of fingerprinting. If your recollection of your criminal history does not match our records, you would then move to fingerprints (Certified Criminal Record Check).
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  15. How long is my Criminal Record/Vulnerable Sector or Record Declaration good for?


    A criminal record check is only up-to-date on the day you received it. The organization requesting the check will set up their own timelines for when you next need one (e.g. every year, every six months, etc.)
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  17. Can a youth receive a Criminal Record Check or a Vulnerable Sector Check?


    As per the Youth Criminal Justice Act, a youth may obtain a regular Criminal Record Check when applying for paid or volunteer work with a government organization, be that federal, provincial, or municipal. Under the same Act, a youth may NOT obtain a Vulnerable Sector Check. Note: Not all youth records can be disclosed.
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  19. I'm a volunteer; do I have to pay for my check?


    Some RCMP jurisdictions collect fees for volunteers and some don't.
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  21. How much will it cost me to get a Criminal Record/Vulnerable Sector or Record Declaration?


    Fees for all services fluctuate across the province and are determined by the location of where you reside.
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  23. How long will it take to receive my Criminal Record/Vulnerable Sector or Record Declaration?


    Record checks can take up to two weeks depending on the size and location of your community and the amount of request submitted to a detachment in any given week.
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  25. How long will it take to receive the results of my fingerprints?


    If you have no convictions, results are usually returned by the Canadian Real Time Identification system (RTID) in under a week. If you have convictions, particularly very old ones, results can take up to 120 days.
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  27. I'm adopting a child; what checks do I need done?


    When adopting a child, you will always need a Vulnerable Sector Check and special adoption fingerprints.
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