Ministry of the
Solicitor General

Private security and investigative services

Private security and investigative services

News and information


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 September 3, 2019 there are:

  • 83,653 licensed security guards
  • 2,252 licensed private investigators
  • 2,144 dual licensees
  • 797 licensed business entities
  • 477 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.