Information about VSPC (Canadian) and Criminal Background Check (USA)

COVID-19 Update for VSPC/Criminal Background Check: A VSPC/Criminal Background Check may not be available in your area due to COVID-19. This requirement will be postponed if you are unable to obtain one at this time.


To enhance accountability to the Public, all applicants are required to submit a Vulnerable Sector Police Check/Criminal Background Check prior to sitting the examination.


The College of Vocational Rehabilitation Professionals (the College) is a Federal NFP corporation which certifies those people who work with disabled, ill or injured clients, through a rigorous application process and 6 hour competency examination. Our mandate is to protect the public but as a voluntary College we do not have the authority to licence. The College operates in much the same manner as accountants, engineers and teachers. Stakeholders recognize the strength of the certification process without legislation behind that authority.


The College ensures current competency through the mandatory submission of ongoing College approved education. As the self-regulatory body for practicing vocational rehabilitation professionals across Canada/USA, we have a fair and adjudicable complaints and discipline process for any member of the public who has, or is, receiving vocational rehabilitation (VR) or vocational evaluation (VE) services.


In our mandate to protect the public, all certification applicants are required to submit a current VSPC/Criminal Background Check, as the VR and VE professionals work one-to-one with disabled, injured or ill members of the public as their primary work task. The current VSPC/Criminal Background Check is one of the ways that the College can ensure that the VR or VE professional entering their (the public) home or place of employment or their treatment facility is of acceptable moral character, with no criminal or questionable behavior in their present or past history. This is requested regardless of whom the potential Registrant or the certified Registrant works for; as an independent consultant, a contract consultant or for a private or public employer.


Process to complete the Vulnerable Sector Police Check/Criminal Background Check


Registrants are required to submit an updated VSPC/Criminal Background Check every 5 years, according to the date of search of the current VSPC on file. Failure to submit an updated VSPC/Criminal Background Check could result in registration penalty and fines. Please refer to the CVRP Annual Registration Renewal Policy; click here.


For Canadian VSPCs

You will have to attend or email the local Municipal Police Station or the local police in the jurisdiction where you live and follow the regional procedure. You will be required to complete the information forms, an information release waiver and submit the fee (usually $25.00 – $70.00 plus tax). Photo ID and finger printing may also be required. The College has developed an information sheet that may assist with questions, when you approach the police facility in your area of residence. To view and/download this sheet, please click here.


Smaller communities or those communities that do not have a municipal police force will need to contact the local Provincial Police Service or RCMP in their region of residence for direction. Most Police Forces have website links that will provide the procedure online, local process and the necessary forms to complete this check. Find the appropriate website for your place of residence and follow their guidance.


For Registrants and new applicants who live in the Municipality of Metro Toronto, you must contact CVRP at to request the specific VSPC application form as arranged specifically with the Toronto Police Service. The form will be returned by email in PDF format and must be printed on legal size paper. The completed form must be mailed to Toronto Police Service Headquarters, 40 College Street, Toronto ON M5G 2J3, or there is a “drop box” for Vulnerable Sector Screening requests with a Certified Cheque or Money Order attached to it.


For those persons residing in rural Ontario and who receive policing services from the OPP, contact CVRP to request a letter to document the need for the Vulnerable Sector Check. Please note that to produce the letter, you must forward your full name, address, date of birth and the name and address of the OPP detachment.


If you require a College letter as part of the Police Vulnerable Sector Check, please contact the Administrator at Please provide the following information: the address of the Police unit, defining whether it is Municipal, OPP, QPP or RCMP; your full name and home address and date of birth. The letter will be customized for your use and should expedite the process.


For US Criminal Background Checks

There are many ways you can secure a criminal background check. CVRP requires that it be current so you will need to secure this information around the time of application. It is possible to secure a background check through your employer or individually through any of the following means identified by the FBI.