Ontario Launches Online Security Guard and Private Investigator Testing


Ontario Launches Online Security Guard and Private Investigator Testing

Move will make the process easier, more reliable and more accessible

January 18, 2021

Solicitor General

TORONTO — The Ontario government is launching a new, online testing option for individuals seeking to obtain a licence to become a security guard or private investigator. This modern testing option will eliminate the need for applicants to travel to a testing location during the COVID-19 outbreak and beyond.

“Expanding to online testing for security guards and private investigators is another step forward in our government’s work to modernize frontline services and programming for Ontarians,” said Solicitor General Sylvia Jones. “Online testing will help expand Ontario’s capacity to train and qualify these critical professionals who are essential to public safety and the well-being of communities.”

Starting today, applicants who select the security guard or private investigator online testing option may choose from a range of dates and times when the sessions will be offered. This new online option improves capacity to test more individuals as well as makes the overall process easier, more reliable and accessible.

The provincewide rollout follows a pilot project that began in October 2020 with Serco Canada Inc., the vendor that provides security guard and private investigator testing on behalf of the province. Participants in the pilot strongly supported the online option and provided valuable feedback to ensure the testing was accessible, simple and straightforward for all candidates.

“The government’s move to enable security recruits to conduct the provincial tests online is a constructive and positive measure for security services in Ontario,” said Tim Saunders, Senior Vice President and Chief Development Officer, G4S Secure Solutions (Canada). “This change will allow for more security guards at key locations where they are providing an essential and vital service, especially in these challenging times.”

Quick Facts

  • Each online session will be available to eight candidates, with one examiner responsible for oversight of the testing process.
  • Up to 12 online test sessions will be offered daily, with testing available in English and French.
  • To qualify as a private security guard or private investigator, individuals are required to complete training and testing mandated by Ontario Regulation 26/10 – Training and Testing under the Private Security and Investigative Services Act, 2005.
  • In-person testing for private security guards or private investigators will continue to be offered at DriveTest locations across the province.
  • G4S Secure Solutions (Canada) is a ministry-licensed security guard and private investigator agency providing security guard and private investigator services.

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