In order to volunteer to assist our sponsored family once they arrive, all volunteers for the Refugee to Newcomer Project must have, by law, a current Police Vulnerable Sector Check (PVSC) completed and submitted to Lara Drever at firstname.lastname@example.org. Please email Lara a scanned copy of your Police Records Check once you receive it. Lara will be keeping track and ensuring that all our volunteers have the appropriate PVSC in place.
Contact your local Police Department in order to get your PVSC done as soon as possible. The process can take up to 8 weeks. You’ll need to provide 2 pieces of ID (only one requires a photo).
Residents of Halton may now apply for their PVSC online by visiting haltonpolice.ca or by visiting Halton Police Services on Bronte Road, north of the QEW (1151 Bronte Road, Oakville, Ontario L6M 3L1).
There is a $25 fee for processing the PVSC in Halton and an additional $9.95 fee for online applications.
Residents of Peel (Mississauga and Brampton) can find information at the Peel Region Police website.
UPDATE- I completed the online PVSC application at haltonpolice.ca and the process took about 20 minutes to register, fill in my personal info, authenticate and pay. Payment is by Visa or Interac and the total, with tax, is $36.24. This saves a trip to the Police Station and can be done in the privacy of your own home. The processing time for Volunteers is about 30 days. You can track the progress of your online application by logging back into the site.
UPDATE #2- If, after applying for a PVSC, you receive a request to be fingerprinted, you will need to book an appointment at Police Headquarters to do this. This is only required if your name, or date of birth matches or partially matches someone in the police database. There is an additional charge for the taking of these fingerprints, however, you can request a letter from St. Jude’s or St. Simon’s indicating that the PVSC is for a Volunteer position at the church. Bring the letter from the agency/employer confirming you will be in an unpaid position. This letter will waive the $25 fee. The volunteer letter must be on Church letter head, contain your name, indicate the volunteer position applied for and be signed by an agency representative. This letter must be presented at the time you attend for fingerprints.
For more information, click here see visit the Halton Police website page that explains the procedure for fingerprinting.