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Canadian Vulnerable Sector Check and International Criminal Record Check

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To ensure the public receives safe nursing care, you must submit to us a Canadian vulnerable sector check and an international criminal record check (if applicable) when you’re seeking licence reactivation after a two-year lapse, initial registration or a temporary licence. A Canadian vulnerable sector check provides information related to criminal and sexual offenses.

You must submit a Canadian vulnerable sector check if you’re seeking:

  • Initial registration
  • Licence reactivation after a two-year time lapse or
  • Temporary licence

If you have worked as an RN outside of Canada in the last two years, you must submit an international criminal record check from the last country where you worked, if you’re seeking:

  • Initial registration
  • Licence reactivation after a two-year time lapse or
  • Temporary licence

What qualifies as a criminal offence?

Criminal offences can include impaired driving, assault, robbery, fraud, sexual offences, and most drug-related offences. Minor offences (e.g., speeding tickets, parking tickets, noise infractions) are not usually included in a Canadian vulnerable sector check or an international criminal record check.

What is the difference between a criminal record check and a vulnerable sector check?

The vulnerable sector check is an enhanced criminal record check. It includes all of the information that would be reported in the criminal record check along with any information related to sexual offenses. For more information about vulnerable sector checks click here. CRNNS requires Canadian vulnerable sector checks and international criminal record checks from applicable applicants.

What must be included in my Canadian vulnerable sector check and my international criminal record check?

It’s critically important that you include every name you have ever held when requesting a Canadian vulnerable sector check and international criminal record check. If you do not follow the instructions below, you will be required to re-submit another Canadian vulnerable sector check and/or international criminal record check, which can delay your application and cost you money.

Your Canadian vulnerable sector check and international criminal record check must include:

  • First name
  • Middle name(s)
  • Last name
  • ALL NAMES you’ve ever held in the past (birth name, all married names).

For example:

  • I was born Mary Elizabeth Ann White
  • I was once married to Joe Smith so my name at that time was Mary Elizabeth Ann Smith
  • We then divorced and I married Samuel MacDonald
  • My current name is Mary Elizabeth Ann MacDonald

Your Canadian vulnerable sector check and international criminal record check must include all of the following names: Mary Elizabeth Ann MacDonald along with Mary Elizabeth Ann White and Mary Elizabeth Ann Smith.

How do I obtain a Canadian vulnerable sector check and an international criminal record check?

If you use a local police or RCMP detachment for these checks, you must submit the original hard copy of your Canadian vulnerable sector check and international criminal record check to CRNNS by mail or in person.

You can also obtain a vulnerable sector  check through CSI and ask these  companies to provide your results directly to CRNNS electronically.

International criminal record checks can be obtained online through CSI.

The original hard copy of your Canadian vulnerable sector check and the international criminal record check may be returned to you upon request.

When does a Canadian vulnerable sector check and an international criminal record check expire?

Six months from the date it is issued.

What happens if I have a vulnerable sector or criminal record?

If you have a positive vulnerable sector or criminal record check and it is determined that a risk to the public exists or that your ability to practise may be compromised your application will be placed on hold while we gather more information and decide on a course of action. For example, your CRNNS registration and licensure may be denied or our Professional Conduct Department may be consulted.

What if I am charged with a criminal offense or my name is placed on a sexual abuse registry while I am an applicant or hold a licence with CRNNS?

If you – as an applicant or member – are at any time charged with, have plead guilty to, are convicted of or are found to be guilty of any offence in or out of Canada that is inconsistent with proper professional behavior, you must notify us immediately unless a pardon has been issued, including a conviction under:

  • Criminal Code (Canada)
  • Controlled Drugs and Substances Act (Canada)
  • Other legislations as prescribed in the regulations

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