Volunteer screening program

Our Volunteer Screening Program (VSP) helps organizations implement effective volunteer screening practices, enhance your volunteer engagement strategies and develop a deeper understanding of volunteer screening practices.

With the Government of Alberta’s support, VSP provides funding and education to eligible nonprofits to support your organization’s screening process.

Screening Education

The Volunteer Screening Program is responsible for the development of new volunteer screening resources. If your organization needs educational support for its volunteer screening work, check out our resources page for tools, templates, tip sheets, guides, and more.

If you can’t find what you need on our resources page, please feel free to reach out to screening@volunteeralberta.ab.ca to ask how else we can assist you.

Financial support

To access financial support, nonprofit organizations must serve/work with vulnerable populations and must engage volunteers in positions of trust or authority with vulnerable populations.

For the purposes of the Volunteer Screening Program:

  • A vulnerable person is defined as: One who, because of their age (under the age of 18 or over the age of 65), or a disability (mental or physical disability or mental illness), is in a position of dependence on others or is otherwise at greater risk than the general population of being harmed by a person in a position of trust or authority towards them.
  • A position of trust or authority is defined as: A situation in which a volunteer has a significant degree of authority or decision-making power over a vulnerable person and unsupervised access to a vulnerable individual. A position of trust may also include the development of a close, personal bond between the volunteer and the individual (e.g. mentor).

Screening development grant

This grant supports the development of effective screening practices and processes. We provide up to $3,000 to support nonprofit organizations facing resource and capacity challenges in the area of volunteer screening.

Approved applicants for the Grant must participate in foundational learning by attending the webinar, Screening Volunteers In. Not Out. Approved applicants will receive an access code to participate in this webinar for free, and can attend the webinar after submitting the application.

For 2021, approved applicants for the Grant must participate in a foundational learning webinar hosted by Volunteer Alberta during their grant period.

Volunteer Screening Development Grant applications for 2021 are now closed!

Please review the Volunteer Screening Development Grant eligibility criteria and the eligible costs the grant can be used for before applying.

Vulnerable sector check fee waiver

This fee waiver helps to alleviate costs associated with Vulnerable Sector Checks (VSC). It is available to organizations operating in current participating communities where a service fee is required.

A Volunteer Screening Program Number (VSPN) is issued to eligible organizations and provides access to a fee waiver for approved volunteer positions requiring Vulnerable Sector Checks in current participating communities: Airdrie, Camrose, Calgary, Edmonton, Grande Prairie, Lacombe, Lethbridge, Lloydminster, Medicine Hat, St. Albert, and Vegreville.

Are you a participating organization? Check out the Terms of Use.

Have a question? Check the VSC Fee Waiver FAQs (last updated September 2020).

Before filling out your application, please take a look at the Vulnerable Sector Check Fee Waiver eligibility criteria.

Need help filling out the applications? Check out our application guide for more info.

Need an example of a VSPN letter to send to police/RCMP, click here.

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