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					                        Criminal Occurrence Security Check

What is a Criminal Occurrence Security Check?

  A criminal record is a record of a person's criminal history, generally used by potential employers, lenders etc. to
  assess his or her trustworthiness. The information included in a criminal record varies between countries and even
  between jurisdictions within a country.

  In Canada, criminal records are stored in Criminal Records Information Management Services, a centralized
  database operated by the Royal Canadian Mounted Police under the Canadian Police Information Centre (CPIC)
  since 1972. The database includes all convictions for which a pardon has not been granted, all charges regardless of
  disposition, outstanding warrants and charges, all judicial orders and other information that might be of interest to
  police investigations. The applicants’ name, date of birth and gender are checked against a variety of databases in
  order to verify whether or not there is a criminal record in existence in Canada.

  Standard criminal occurrence security checks do not include the vulnerable sector search. These may include, but
  are not limited to, record checks for the purpose of employment, immigration, and pardons. They are also used by
  many volunteer agencies.

  You will require 2 pieces of ID and $35 cash or debit. One piece of government issued photo ID is required, along
  with signed identification. Only cash or debit card will be accepted. Criminal occurrence security checks are free of
  charge for volunteers who submit a letter from their host organization (on letterhead with an original signature)
  confirming their volunteer status.

  There is no mandated length of time that determines whether or not a COSC is still valid. It is up to each
  employer/agency as to if or when a new COSC is needed.

                                      Vulnerable Sector Verification
  What is a Vulnerable Sector Verification?

  A Vulnerable Sector Verification is used to determine the possible existence of a criminal record and/or a sexual
  offence conviction for which an individual has received a pardon. In some cases, fingerprints may be required for
  submission to the RCMP National Repository of Criminal Records to complete the verification.

  Vulnerable members of society are defined in the Criminal Records Act as persons who, because of 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 a person in a position of
           authority or trust relative to them.

  Any individual applying to work in a paid or volunteer position where they will be in contact with a vulnerable
  person may be required to complete a Vulnerable Sector Verification. Some examples of positions involving
  members of the vulnerable sector are: teachers, social workers, day-care workers, sport coaches and volunteers.
   Fees

   For purposes of employment, individuals requesting a Vulnerable Sector Verification need to provide a certified
   cheque or money order in the amount of $25 with their application to the RCMP. CCRTIS does not directly retain
   any fees for the processing of Vulnerable Sector Verifications since the applicable fee is payable to the Receiver
   General of Canada (Consolidated Revenue Fund), pursuant to Financial Administration Act regulations.

   For purposes of volunteer positions (no payment for services), there is no federally regulated fee that has to be
   submitted to CCRTIS for processing a Vulnerable Sector Verification.

   The RCMP does not regulate service fees for Vulnerable Sector Verifications performed by a local police agency.
   Individuals should contact their local police agency to enquire about applicable service fees.

   What is the average processing time for a fingerprint-based VS check?

   When Fingerprints are required, the approximate wait time for most Vulnerable Sector Verifications is six to eight
   weeks for the majority of submissions that do not require manual processing. Depending on the search results, it can
   take up to 120 days to complete a Certified Vulnerable Sector Verification if there is a fingerprint match.

   If an individual has never been charged with a criminal offence, why are they being
   asked to submit fingerprints to complete a Vulnerable Sector Verification?

   As a result of the enhancement, a Vulnerable Sector Verification now requires the submission of fingerprints
   whenever the gender and date of birth of an applicant match to an existing pardoned sex offender record. This is
   not an accusation of criminality, but a requirement for a thorough verification to confirm identity and protect
   personal privacy. In addition to verifying an individual’s association with a criminal offence (including pardoned
   sex offences), fingerprints are also submitted to CCRTIS for the purposes of certifying that an individual does not
   have criminal record information that can be disclosed in accordance with federal laws.

   Why would fingerprints be required to prove that an individual does not have a
   criminal record and/or pardoned sex offender record?

   The Canadian Criminal Real Time Identification Service (CCRTIS) relies on fingerprints as the primary method of
   positive identification for criminal record verification purposes, which includes vulnerable sector checks. CCRTIS
   will only accept criminal record information if accompanied by a lawfully obtained set of fingerprints.

   The RCMP National Repository of Criminal Records classifies and stores criminal record information with
   supporting fingerprints. Fingerprints are the primary key to verify and disclose criminal record information,
   including pardoned sex offender records.

   If an individual did a Vulnerable Sector Verification the previous year, why do they
   have to do it again?

   A Vulnerable Sector Verification is a point-in-time search only. CCRTIS destroys fingerprint submissions relative to
   civil screening (including Vulnerable Sector Verifications) when the search is completed and the results are returned
   to the police agency. The fingerprints are not added to the RCMP National Repository of Criminal Records and are
   not searched for future purposes.

   The Criminal Records Act requires the results of a Vulnerable Sector Verification to be disclosed to the person or
   organization that requested the verification. For this reason, an individual may be required to submit fingerprints in
   support of a subsequent request for a Vulnerable Sector Verification.

For further information on the Vulnerable Sector Verification please check the website listed below:


http://www.rcmp-grc.gc.ca/cr-cj/vulner/index-eng.htm