Volunteer Police Information Check

Since April 2009, the Volunteer Police Information Check covers the costs of conducting police information checks for eligible nonprofit/voluntary organizations. The program is administered in collaboration with Volunteer Alberta and enables nonprofit/voluntary organizations to direct more funding toward core programs and services.

Volunteer Alberta assesses the eligibility of nonprofit/voluntary sector organizations and assigns eligible organizations with a Volunteer Organization Authorization Number (VOAN). These organizations will present their unique VOAN to their local police agency when requesting a police information check for a volunteer.

The police agency will not charge a fee for obtaining a police information check to organizations with a valid VOAN. Alberta Culture and Tourism reimburses the police agency for each eligible police information check provided.


The program covers the costs of conducting police information checks for nonprofit/voluntary sector organizations meeting the following three criteria:

  • The organization must perform a community service in Alberta.
  • The organization must be a registered nonprofit organization under the Alberta Societies Act, the Alberta Business Corporations Act, Part 9 of the Alberta Companies Act or a special Act of the Alberta Legislature.
  • The organization's services involve volunteers with eligible circumstances.

Eligible Circumstances

Volunteers in eligible circumstances are those who volunteer with individuals who are at a greater risk of being harmed than the general population because of:

  • Age (those under age 18, and those 65 years of age and older)
  • Disability (including a physical or mental disability, or a mental illness)

And the individuals the volunteer engages with are in:

  • A position of dependence on others
  • The care of persons in a position of authority or trust relative to them

Funding for the Volunteer Police Information Check is provided through the Alberta Government's Safe Communities Secretariat. Additional details on the program, including how to apply, can be found on the Volunteer Alberta program site.

For questions regarding eligibility, please contact Volunteer Alberta directly at 1-877-915-6336 or by email.

Information for Police Agencies

When presented with a Police Information Check Request Form that has a VOAN, police agencies should record:

  • Date of the request
  • Name of the requesting organization
  • Corresponding VOAN number
  • Number of police information checks being requested under that VOAN

Alberta Culture and Tourism reimburses police agencies $15 for every police information check processed with a VOAN.

Download the Invoice template (XLS – 65 kb)

Please mail or fax invoices to:
Alberta Culture and Tourism, Community Engagement
Volunteer Police Information Check
Attn: Erin Collins
907 Standard Life Centre
10405 Jasper Avenue
Edmonton AB T5J 4R7
Fax: 780-427-4155

For questions about invoicing, please contact Erin Collins.

Example of Invoice

Example of invoice Last reviewed/revised: July 20, 2015
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