New Standards Would Better Protect The Public And Modernize Licensing And
TORONTO, March 5 /CNW/ - The public is being asked to comment on new
licensing and training rules for private security and investigative services
professionals, Minister of Community Safety and Correctional Services Monte
Kwinter announced today.
"The McGuinty government is making sure our security personnel and
investigators have the proper tools to keep the public safe," Kwinter said.
"The Private Security and Investigative Services Act, includes new and
stricter standards to better protect the public while enhancing the
professionalism of this important industry."
The act received royal assent in December 2005. In addition to security
personnel and investigators, the act also applies to in-house security staff,
such as those who work for retailers and bars.
The first set of regulations focuses on the licensing and training of
private security professionals:
- A licensee shall not use a vehicle that is not in compliance with set
- A licensee must have a clean criminal record
- A licensee must comply with the Code of Conduct.
The Ministry of Community Safety and Correctional Services is posting
draft regulations for a period of 30 days to allow for public review and
comment. The final regulations may differ significantly from the drafts,
depending on the feedback received.
These and subsequent regulations will be available at
www.mcscs.jus.gov.on.ca or can be obtained by writing to:
Ms. Cheryl Mahyr
Ministry of Community Safety and Correctional Services
25 Grosvenor Street, 13 Floor
Feedback may be provided via the e-mail address on the ministry website
or by mail to the above addressee. Please check the website regularly for
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PRIVATE SECURITY AND INVESTIGATIVE SERVICES ACT
- On September 14, 1999, Patrick Shand, 31, died of restraint asphyxia
(chronic and acute cocaine use were cited as contributing factors),
following a struggle at a Scarborough grocery store with an employee,
a security guard, and an armoured car driver who were attempting to
arrest him for shoplifting. A coroner's inquest examined the
circumstances surrounding his death, including the role of private
security. On April 23, 2004, the jury delivered 22 recommendations,
all of which received consideration in the drafting of the new
- In June 2003, the ministry released a discussion paper outlining the
proposals for reforms in three areas: licensing, training and
standards for uniform and equipment. The consultation paper was
distributed to 600 security and private investigation agencies and
associations throughout Ontario, as well as police associations and
other stakeholders. The consultations ended in October 2003, and 73
individuals, associations or organizations responded by presenting
written submissions on the proposed changes.
- On December 9, 2004, the Minister of Community Safety and
Correctional Services introduced new legislation to enhance the
professionalism of private investigators and security practitioners.
The Private Security and Investigative Services Act makes licensing
and training mandatory for all security personnel. In addition, the
act makes in-house security personnel, such as guards working for
retailers, bars and the Corps of Commissionaires, subject to the act.
- The Private Security and Investigative Services Act ensures:
- Mandatory licensing for all security personnel
- Licence portability (allowing an individual to change jobs within
the industry without having to reapply for a licence)
- Training standards
- Standards for uniforms, equipment and vehicles used by security
- In June 2005, the ministry formed the Private Security and
Investigative Services Advisory Committee. This committee provides
the minister with key stakeholder input on a range of subjects
affecting the private security industry.
- On December 15, 2005, Bill 159, the Private Security and
Investigative Services Act, received third reading and royal assent.
It is expected that the new act will be proclaimed and the
regulations substantially be in place in the summer of 2007. The
ministry will continue to work with stakeholders during the phase-in
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For further information:
For further information: Annette Phillips, Minister's Office, (416)
326-8265, (647) 205-6598 (cellular); Anthony Brown, Communications Branch,