Free criminal record checks

Criminal-Background-ChecksEffective November 30, all non-profit or volunteer organizations within B.C. will be eligible for free criminal record checks for any volunteers with their foundations.

The B.C. government has made this announcement in hopes of encouraging people to volunteer with the foundations where they would be working with children or vulnerable adults.

“These changes are about relieving cost and time pressures for many volunteer and non-profit organizations so they can focus on delivering great services and programs,” says Suzanne Anton, minister of justice.

For the organizations that require criminal record checks in Sun Peaks, such as Adaptive Sports at Sun Peaks (ASSP), this good news bodes well for them.

“As we work with children and vulnerable adults it has always been very important to ASSP to have (criminal record checks) completed,” says Sharon Tremblay, president of ASSP. “Most law enforcement and RCMP provided it at no cost. . . (but) there were a couple of local police departments that did charge for this service.”

This new incentive eases the burden for Adaptive Sports, the schools, and other organizations when recruiting potential volunteers.

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