Recently for a volunteer position I was asked to provide a Vulnerable Sector Screening (VSS) application, or Vulnerable Sector Police Reference Checks (VSPRC), done by the Toronto Police. A long 8 weeks later a letter arrived stating that the RCMP requires my fingerprints due to a match of my gender and date of birth to the RCMP pardoned sex offenders registry.
I know most sex offenders are male, as am I, but so what? A call to Toronto Police revealed that I have no Toronto criminal record and no hits on the RCMP database, which I knew. So what is going on?
The VSS application to the RCMP database only matches on sex and date of birth, and not name, SIN, or any other info. There are, as of 2010,
The National Parole Board has granted more than 400,000 pardons since 1970. source
Between 1970 and 2010 there are 40 years, or 40*365 = 14,600 days. With 400,000 pardons for 14,600 days, there are, on average 27.4 pardoned sex offenders, almost all guys, for each day of the 40 years. If someone can be a sex offender starting age 17, if there are 27 guys per day, this might cover up to 54 years old. It is no wonder that, if you apply for the VSS and you are male, you have an extremely good chance of the need to submit your fingerprints to the RCMP. As an additional 9 years has passed since 2010 and no new days of the year have been added, these probabilities will only grow in the future.
This is very discriminatory. Apparently teacher Otto Schmidt also believes this procedure is discriminatory.
Such a discriminatory practice will surely reduce the number of male volunteers in Canadian society. I do know that I am very put off by this discriminatory practice. These security checks are only valid for the date searched, with no guarantee that status will not change the next day. If you reapply, after a few years, you will need to redo your fingerprints.