Volunteer organizations and criminal record checks
The Criminal Records Review Act (CRRA) allows for specified organizations in BC to apply to screen volunteers through the Criminal Records Review Program (CRRP). Specified organizations, as defined in the CRRA, generally includes any non-profit organization or any organization that is provincially funded (50%+), licensed, or contracted.
Applying for a Volunteer Account
Review the below requirements to determine if your organization qualifies for a volunteer account.
To apply for an account, complete the Volunteer Organization Registration Process.
Non-profit organizations or organizations that are provincially funded, licensed, or contracted may apply to screen their volunteers through the CRRP. Volunteers must be providing a free service involving direct or potential unsupervised access to children and/or vulnerable adults.
Organizations do not qualify for the CRRP's volunteer criminal record check service if any form of monetary compensation is provided to volunteers. Additionally, this service is not used to screen volunteers who have no potential for direct or unsupervised access to children and/or vulnerable adults. For example, an individual providing free financial management services in a closed setting to a non-profit organization would be rejected by the CRRP. These volunteers should be directed to their local police or RCMP detachment for a criminal record check.
Examples of organizations that commonly qualify to use the CRRP for screening volunteers are
- Sports clubs
- Adult care facilities
- Child care facilities
- Hospitals, and
- School districts