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Private security and investigative services

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About us

The Ministry of Community Safety and Correctional Services regulates Ontario’s private security industry.

This includes licensing all security guards, private investigators and agencies, and registering employers that directly employ in-house security staff.

We aim to ensure security guards and private investigators in Ontario carry out their work professionally, effectively, safely and lawfully.


Industry information

As of September 1, 2018 there were:

  • 77,204 licensed security guards
  • 2,211 licensed private investigators
  • 2,164 dual licensees
  • 732 licensed business entities and
  • 494 registered employers

in Ontario.


Apply for a security guard or private investigator licence.
Renew or replace a security guard or private investigator licence.
Register to employ private security staff.
Apply for or renew an agency licence.
Offer security guard or private investigator training.