Vulnerable Sector Check

Parry Sound-Muskoka Digital Fingerprinting is a certified, accredited RCMP agency authorized to perform electronic/digital fingerprinting for vulnerable sector screening, should the need arise that you are requested to submit fingerprints to complete this type of check.


A vulnerable sector check is a screening conducted by your local police service designed to protect individuals from dangerous offenders who have a criminal record, which may include a pardoned sexual offence conviction. In addition to the above checks, your local police service will search for any information on file relating to outstanding charges before the courts; probation matters such as peace bonds, restraining orders; any prohibitions relating to firearms, driving; federal and provincial parole matters and any information relating to whether you are suspected of committing a criminal offence or involved in a serious criminal investigation.


Individuals may or may not be required to obtain a VS check, subject to the company or organization’s policy who is either hiring you, as a paid employee, or enlisting your assistance as a volunteer. All individuals, being hired or volunteering in any organization, and being requested to obtain a ‘criminal background check’, should ascertain if the ‘ VS ‘ check is being requested or just the name based background check. This inquiry may save you time and money in receiving the appropriate results!

If the request is solely for a name based background check, then Parry Sound-Muskoka Digital Fingerprinting is the best place to attend to obtain your police certificate with the fast turnaround time of only 48 hours. If however, a VS check is needed, you MUST attend your local police service to begin this process initially. Unfortunately, the VS check may take, in the Parry Sound-Muskoka regions, anywhere from 60 – 120 days to complete. If this check is inconclusive and/or your gender and date of birth matches someone that has a criminal record that could include a pardoned sexual offence; then you will be advised that fingerprints will need to be submitted to complete the VS check.

At this point, Parry Sound-Muskoka Digital Fingerprinting can provide the electronic/digital fingerprinting service you need to complete your VS check!


Local police services must initiate a vulnerable sector check as this type of electronic check requires many databases to be searched. Manual searching of other pertinent files are also required as indicated above. Once it has been determined that fingerprints need to be submitted to confirm the identity of the person; you can request your local police service or have a private accredited agency perform this service.


If your local police service is unable to submit fingerprints electronically, you can request to have your fingerprints taken by an accredited RCMP fingerprinting agency that does have electronic/digital capability. It’s easy – all you need is a ‘Letter_of_Instruction’ form completed by your local police service who processed the VS check initially. Bring this form, along with two pieces of government issued identification, one must be photo ID, to Parry Sound-Muskoka Digital Fingerprinting for digital processing. The RCMP will receive your fingerprints in their computer immediately after processing, conduct their search within 72 hours and then mail the results directly back to the police service who initiated the check. The police service will then contact you to pick the results up.

In the Parry Sound and Muskoka areas, the OPP detachments do not have the scanners necessary to capture and submit electronically to the RCMP. This means a further wait of between 60 – 120 days to receive your clearance. If the fingerprints were submitted digitally, then you should have your clearance within 2 weeks, considering the RCMP turnaround time of 72 hours and Canada Post service.


Parry Sound-Muskoka Digital Fingerprinting can ONLY submit digital fingerprints for a VS check if you are referred to us by your local OPP detachment. The OPP needs to complete the referral form entitled, “ Letter_of_Instruction“, authorizing us to perform this service. The referral form in the LINKS section is an example of the form the OPP may use.


Individuals should be aware that although Parry Sound-Muskoka Digital Fingerprinting is authorized by the RCMP to provide this service, your local OPP detachment ultimately decides if they are willing to refer you to us for digital fingerprinting.

These types of checks are usually required for individuals who work or volunteer in areas where they will be in direct contact with children, the elderly or any person with a disability. These individuals are considered to be the vulnerable members of society.


  • Persons working or volunteering in hospitals.
  • Persons working in retirement/nursing homes.
  • Persons working in schools.
  • Persons volunteering within schools or on school trips.
  • Persons volunteering as sports coaches and assistants.