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Vulnerable Sector Check

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Police Vulnerable Sector Check (PVSC)

The Police Vulnerable Sector Check (PVSC) provides the screening of individuals who intend on working or volunteering with vulnerable people. This type of screening is required for the following types of positions, among others:

  • Teachers
  • Social workers
  • Taxi driver
  • Daycare worker
  • Adoptive parents
  • Sport coaches

All applicants applying for a volunteer position must provide a letter from the agency where they intend to volunteer. The agency letter must be printed on the agency's letterhead with the applicant's name and volunteer position, stating the position is a "volunteer non-paid position."  

Download the PVSC Application Form. Please complete prior to attending our Customer Service location.

Please note: As of January 1, 2016, the Customer Service Unit will no longer be processing background checks from the Whitchurch-Stouffville Community Substation. All services will continue at the Community Resource Centre. 

Who is a vulnerable person?

A vulnerable person is defined as a person who, because of their age, 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 or authority or trust relative to them.

Application Fee:

Information Management and Legal
DescriptionAs of January 1, 2016 - Current FeeHST
Motor Vehicle Collision Report$490HST applies
Police Criminal Records Check (PCRC)$60 
PCRC for Volunteers and Students$30 

Police Information Check (PIC)

PIC for Volunteers and Students$30 
Police Vulnerable Sector Check (PVSC)$60 
PVSC for Volunteers and Students$30 
Pardon Applications$100 
General Occurrence Report$60HST applies
Clandestine Drug Laboratory Property Check$50HST applies
Officer Notes and Statements (per hour)$225HST applies

Based on results of the screening, fingerprints may be required to confirm the identity of the applicant and a fingerprint fee will be charged. A letter from a volunteer organization will discount the cost of the fingerprint fees only - there is still a fee for the clearance letter.


Volunteerism is benevolent work for which an individual does not receive financial compensation for his/her time and is not ordered to do so by a court or a judicial body. In order to have the fee discounted, your application must be accompanied by a letter from the volunteer organization with the following information:

  • The name and address of the organization that requires the police check
  • Your name
  • The reason for the police check (e.g., coach, etc.) and where a VS check was requested, who you will be working with (children, seniors, disabled people, etc.) On the Organizations letterhead.
  • A statement that you will not be paid for your work nor compensated for any expenses

Who can apply?

Only residents of York Region with two pieces of government-issued identification can obtain a PVSC. The identification must confirm your name, date of birth and address, and one piece of government identification must include a photo.