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. This consent form is also available in French upon request from the registered agency.


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