Ministry of the
Solicitor General

News and Information

Private security and investigative services

News and information


We are currently experiencing longer than usual processing times for individual licence applications. 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.


About us

The Ministry of the Solicitor General 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 April 30, 2019 there are:

  • 79,497 licensed security guards
  • 2,234 licensed private investigators
  • 2,126 dual licensees
  • 764 licensed business entities
  • 470 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.