Fact Sheet: Parenting with a criminal record2018-10-01T21:50:51+00:00

Fact Sheet: Parenting with a criminal record

Volunteering at a child’s school

Vulnerable Sector Police check – This type of criminal record check will uncover any sexual offences even if a pardon is received. It could be required for volunteering at a school or fostering children.

Canadian Police Information Centre (CPIC) – Created in 1966 to centralize information for law enforcement, this database is now frequently accessed as part of record checks for work and volunteer opportunities.

Identification Databank – the portion of the CPIC database that contains criminal records and associated fingerprints

Criminal Records Act – The law which governs Record Suspensions (pardons).

Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) – The organization responsible for managing the CPIC database

Education Alberta – Requires school volunteers to have a background check

Ontario Ministry of Education – Requires school volunteers to have a background check

Record Suspension – Removes a criminal record from the main CPIC database, so that it no longer reflects negatively on the person for the purpose of background checks. The Record Suspension is cancelled if the person is convicted of a new offence.

Toronto District School Board – Requires all parents who wish to volunteer to complete a Police Reference Check, including a Vulnerable Sector Check.

Calgary Board of Education – Requires a Police Information Check from volunteers. Applicants must live in Canada for one year before volunteering because out-of-country checks are not accepted.


B.C. Ministry of Children and Family Development – Requires criminal record checks for foster parents every three years