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Winter 2020 On Call – Amendments to the Criminal Record Screening Policy

February 13, 2020

Note: This article was originally published in our Winter 2020 edition of our On Call newsletter, and has not been updated.

Two minor amendments were made to the Criminal Record Screening Policy to clarify the vulnerable sector check requirements. These amendments were approved by Council at the December 2019 meeting.

The Policy now states that the required Vulnerable Sector Check must be from Canadian police jurisdiction and must be conducted no more than six months prior to the date of submission of a complete application. Previously, an applicant was able to submit a partial application and a Vulnerable Sector Check that was dated within six months of the date of the submitted application but may not have become registered for another several months. This significantly extended the timeframe in which the Vulnerable Sector Check was completed prior to registration.

Applicants and members will now find that Vulnerable Sector Check is defined in the Policy as, “a search conducted in Canada that reports information about an individual’s criminal conduct, including suspected criminal conduct in the past and present.”

These amendments came into effect on January 15, 2020, and you may review the amended policy here.

For more information on complete applications and obtaining a Vulnerable Sector Check, visit the College’s website here.