On July 19th, 2010 the RCMP instituted further enhancements to the CPIC system for querying flagged pardoned sex offender records, commonly referred to as a vulnerable sector (VS) search.
Prior to July 19th, the CPIC system would attempt to identify a possible match to a pardoned sex offender file by searching the surname, name, date of birth and gender of the applicant. The CPIC system will now base the VS search on date of birth and gender of the applicant. This means applicants who share the date of birth and gender of a pardoned sex offender will be required to submit fingerprints.
What does this mean to organizations and applicants? Processing time may take upwards of 4 – 6 weeks if an applicant is required to submit fingerprints.