Background Checks

Vulnerable Sector Screening


Information about Vulnerable Sector Screenings

A Vulnerable Sector Screening is intended for individuals seeking employment or volunteer opportunities with vulnerable persons.

A vulnerable person is defined as a person who, because of their age, a disability, or other circumstances, whether temporary or permanent, are (a) in a position of dependence on others or (b) are otherwise at a greater risk than the general population of being harmed by person(s) in a position of authority or trust to them.

A Vulnerable Sector Screening is typically used for the following types of positions:

  • Teachers
  • Elder Care
  • Daycare
  • Coaches
  • Nurses

A Vulnerable Sector Screening will provide the following information:

  • Criminal convictions summary or indictable from CPIC and/or local databases
  • Findings of guilt under the Youth Criminal Justice Act within the applicable disclosure period
  • Outstanding entries, such as charges and warrants, judicial orders, peace bonds, probation and prohibition orders
  • Absolute and conditional discharges
  • Charges that resulted in a finding of not criminally responsible on account of mental disorder
  • Pardoned offences authorized under the Criminal Records Act
  • Non-conviction information authorized through Exceptional Disclosure

Who can apply?

  • Only residents of Toronto with a postal code beginning with “M” can obtain a vulnerable sector screening with the Toronto Police Service
  • The individual can only apply through a registered agency to the Police Reference Check Program, and must obtain the form from their agency’s representative


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