What is it?
(SOURCE: Ontario Provincial Police)
The Vulnerable Sector Check (VSC) screens those working or volunteering with vulnerable persons. A vulnerable person is someone who is:
- in a position of dependence on others
- at a greater risk than the general population of being harmed by a person in a position of authority or trust due to their age, a - disability or other circumstances (temporary or permanent)
Fingerprints are required for some VSCs.
What does this check cover?
- criminal convictions
- findings of guilt under the Youth Criminal Justice Act (YCJA) within the applicable disclosure period
- outstanding entries, such as charges, warrants, judicial orders, Peace Bonds, Probation and Prohibition Orders
- absolute and conditional discharges for one or three years respectively
- disposition of Not Criminally Responsible by Reason of Mental Disorder
- criminal charges resulting in dispositions and non-conviction including (but not limited to): Stayed, Withdrawn, Dismissed, Not Guilty, and cases of not criminally responsible by reason of mental disorder as listed on local police indices in accordance with federal and provincial legislation
- all record suspensions authorized for release by the Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness
Who needs it?
A VSC is needed for doctors, nurses, hospital employees, dentists, teachers, non-teaching staff in schools (such as janitors and administrative support), early childcare educators, daycare employees, and employees in long-term care facilities who provide health services to vulnerable adults, social workers, taxi drivers, sport coaches, etc.
In order to apply for a VSC
To receive a VSC, you must have a letter from the requesting agency/organization which provides:
- confirmation that you require this type of check
- detailed description of the specific job you will be hired/volunteer for, in particular how you will be working with vulnerable persons
- hiring manager’s name and contact number
How do I obtain this letter?
The TBDMSA will provide you with for when you submit your application.
What is the fee?
There is no cost for this service.
Vulnerable Sector Check Policy - NEW FOR 2023 SEASON
All Head Coaches, Assistant Coaches and Board of Directors aged 18 years and older within the TBDMSA must provide a Vulnerable Sector Check (VSC) through the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) to the TBDMSA by June 1, 2023 in order to participate in the TBDMSA.
The TBDMSA recommends any other volunteers assisting with the team, obtain a VSC in the event the Head Coach or Assistant Coach cannot attend or needs help at a practice or game.
The TBDMSA will provide volunteers with a letter that confirms they need a VSC, a job description of their duties and TBDMSA Contact Person.
Failure to comply may result in removal from the person’s duties within TBDMSA or not permitting the team to play.
This is a free service provided by the Ontario Provincial Police.
Click here to start the process