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Volunteers in OCSB schools

At the Ottawa Catholic School Board (OCSB), our parent and community volunteers help our students learn in the classroom, play on the field, and explore our neighbourhood. We greatly value the assistance and expertise of our volunteers. In our ongoing effort to provide a safe, secure learning and working environment for our staff and students, we have an application process for prospective volunteers, which includes an application form and a current Vulnerable Sector Check (VSC) from the local police. Once your application form and VSC have been verified, you are invited to connect with an OCSB school in your community to explore how your time and skills can be put to valuable use.  We value the contributions our volunteers provide to our school communities. We are always happy to welcome new faces and make new connections with volunteers in their community.

The OCSB’s volunteer program is operated under the supervision of the school Principal or designate, who is responsible for assigning, supervising, and coordinating volunteer activities at their school. The Principal makes the final decision on whether or not to accept a volunteer applicant.

Once you have submitted your VSC and are a registered volunteer with the Board, a yearly offence declaration survey will be emailed to you for completion in the summer months to maintain your volunteer status with the OCSB.  Email to opt out of the volunteer program at anytime.


Step 1: Complete the application form


Complete the OCSB Volunteer Application Form, which includes an information letter with more detailed information about our volunteer program. Complete the form, then submit a scanned copy to, or drop off a paper copy at your local OCSB school for processing.

Step 2: Apply online


Apply for a Level 3 Vulnerable Sector Check (VSC) using the Ottawa Police Service’s fast and convenient online process (for Canadian citizen who are residents of Ottawa-Gatineau). Alternatively, you may obtain a VSC by visiting OPS in person with two pieces of identification.

Email to request a letter from the OCSB to have a reduction in the application fee.  

Step 3: Submit your police check


Once received from the police, forward your electronic VSC to so that the digital signature can be verified. If you obtained a paper copy from the police station, bring the original document to a local OCSB school for the document to be authenticated, copied, and returned to you.