Agencies are responsible for complying with the Private Security and Investigative Services Act, 2005 and all regulations. Failure to comply can result in fines of up to $250,000. Directors, partners and officers of an agency can also face imprisonment of up to one year.
Agencies are responsible for understanding and complying with all federal and provincial legislation such as the Employment Standards Act, 2000. The Ministry of Labour has prepared helpful tools for employers.
All licensed agencies are required to hire only licensed security guards or private investigators and to ensure that they maintain a valid licence. Individual security guard and private investigator licences can be verified online through ServiceOntario.