New Law Sets Stricter Standards For Private Security Industry



    First Significant Change To Private Security Industry In Ontario Since
    1966

    TORONTO, Aug. 23 /CNW/ - New legislation comes into effect today that
will make Ontarians safer through stricter regulation of the private security
industry, Community Safety and Correctional Services Minister Monte Kwinter
said.
    "We need to make sure that security personnel have the resources and
training they need to help make communities safer," Kwinter said. "The law
sets out new and stricter standards to better protect the public while
improving professionalism within this important industry."
    The Private Security and Investigative Services Act, 2005, requires all
private security practitioners to be licensed, including in-house security
staff, such as those working for retailers and bars. In-house security staff
were exempt from licensing under the old law. These individuals will have
until August 23, 2008, to obtain their licences. As well, businesses that
employ in-house security staff must register with the ministry's Private
Security and Investigative Services Branch by August 23, 2008.
    The new licences will be portable, allowing individuals to change jobs
within the industry without having to reapply for a licence.
    The act also sets out new training requirements and regulates the type of
uniforms, equipment and vehicles that can be used by private security
personnel.
    "We will continue to work with the security industry to implement changes
in a fair and open way," Kwinter said. "These measures will increase the
professionalism of the industry and reflect the growing role it plays in
Ontario."
    For more information on the act, as well as licence and registration
forms, visit the ministry's website at www.ontario.ca/private-security or
contact the Private Security and Investigative Services Branch at 416-212-1650
or 1-866-767-7454.

    
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    Backgrounder
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         STRENGTHENING PROFESSIONALISM IN ONTARIO'S SECURITY INDUSTRY
    

    The Private Security and Investigative Services Act (PSISA), 2005, is the
first significant legislative change governing the industry since 1966. The
changes will better protect Ontarians and better reflect the roles and growing
numbers of security personnel in our communities.

    Mandatory Licensing

    PSISA makes licensing and training mandatory for all security personnel,
including in-house security staff, such as those working for retailers, bars
and the Corps of Commissionaires. In-house security staff were exempt from
licensing under the old law. These individuals will have until August 23,
2008, to obtain their licences. As well, businesses that employ in-house
security staff must register with the ministry's Private Security and
Investigative Services Branch by August 23, 2008.

    Licence Portability

    The legislative changes allow an individual to change jobs within the
industry without having to reapply for a licence. There are approximately
50,000 new licence or renewal applications that come to the Ministry of
Community Safety and Correctional Services every year and only 33,000 licence
holders. The difference in the number of licensed personnel and the number of
applications reflects the high turnover rate in the industry.

    Training and Testing Standards

    New training and testing standards will come into force on November 30,
2008. These new standards will set out competencies and examinations for
applicants and current licence holders. Once the training and testing
regulation comes into effect, current licence holders will have to complete a
standardized test to renew their licence.
    The basic training standard will be available in fall 2007 and will
include:

    
    -   Knowledge of relevant legislation (i.e., PSISA, the Trespass to
        Property Act and relevant sections of the Criminal Code)
    -   Powers of arrest
    -   Communications and public relations skills
    -   First aid and cardiopulmonary resuscitation
    -   On-the-job skills (report writing, note taking and diversity
        sensitivity).

    Uniforms, Equipment and Vehicles

    The legislation and its regulations set out new standards for uniforms,
insignia and equipment used by security personnel. These new standards
identify colours, markings and wording that may appear on vehicles used by
security personnel. This will help reduce possible confusion between security
vehicles and cars used by police services in Ontario.
    While the standards for equipment come into effect immediately, licensees
will have until August 23, 2009, to comply with the standards for uniforms and
vehicles.

    Consulting the Security Industry

    This legislation was adopted after extensive consultation with industry
associations, firms employing security personnel and police services.
    An advisory group made up of industry representatives worked with the
ministry to develop regulations under the new legislation.

    For More Information

    Visit the ministry's website at www.ontario.ca/private-security or contact
the Private Security and Investigative Services Branch at (416) 212-1650 or
1-866-767-7454.

    Contact:
    Anthony Brown
    Ministry of Community Safety and Correctional Services
    416-314-7772

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For further information:

For further information: Contacts: Annette Phillips, Minister's Office,
(416) 326-8265, (647) 205-6598 (cellular); Anthony Brown, Communications
Branch, Ministry of Community Safety and Correctional Services, (416)
314-7772

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