Private security and investigative services

Private security and investigative services

News and information


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.


Processing delays - Sept. 2018

We are currently experiencing longer than usual processing times. To avoid delays, it is strongly recommended that you apply 45 days in advance of licence expiration. We appreciate your patience during this busy time.


Industry information

As of May 1, 2018 there were:

  • 74,399 licensed security guards
  • 2,211 licensed private investigators
  • 2,167 dual licensees
  • 776 licensed business entities and
  • 514 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.