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Vulnerable Sector Screening (VSS)

Students in Early Childhood Studies and Community Social Services MUST apply for a Vulnerable Sector Screening in advance of placement. Most checks are valid for one year, although some places may require a valid check within the last 6 months. Check with your Field Placement Coordinator for specific timelines.

Failure to apply for this screening will mean that you will not be able to participate in field placement. Students in Justice Studies and Psychology may also need a valid Vulnerable Sector Screen for some placement sites and should consult their Field Placement Coordinator.

Important Information Before Applying

Make sure to indicate you’re a student when you complete your application forms. Fees may vary depending on where you apply.

If you live in TORONTO, please connect with your Field Placement Coordinator to request an electronic VSS application form.

You must MAIL the completed application with a $20.00 money order or certified cheque to:

Toronto Police Services (Headquarters)
40 College Street
Toronto, ON
M5G 2B3

*Personal cheques are NOT accepted*

Students living in the following areas should connect with their regional police departments to inquire about the application process (whether to complete in-person or online):

  • York
  • Peel
  • Halton
  • Durham
  • Simcoe

It’s important to note that as part of the application process you may be required to provide a letter from the university to confirm a VSS is required for placement. Please connect with your Field Placement Coordinator directly to request a signed letter.


If you live in Toronto, the wait time for a processed Vulnerable Sector Screen to be returned can take upwards of 15 weeks. Please ensure that you apply within the time frame recommended by your Field Placement Coordinator to prevent any delay in beginning your placement.

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