Thursday, March 26, 2020 11:20 AM

Dear CPIO Members and Industry Stakeholders:

Council of Professional Investigators of Ontario

On March 23, 2019, the Ontario Government ordered the mandatory closure of all non-essential workplaces as of Tuesday March 24, 2020, at 11:59 PM. The closure is to remain in effect for 14 days with the possibility of an extension.

The CPIO is committed to ensuring its members are up to date on the latest information that effects the industry. As such, the CPIO obtained a legal opinion from counsel which clearly sets out the opinion that private investigative services are deemed to be “essential workplaces”. We ask that you please review the enclosed opinion in its entirety. For those businesses who choose to remain open during this time, the Government has urged business owners to ensure measures are put in place to safeguard the well-being of its employees.

The CPIO is undoubtedly concerned about the impact this shutdown will have on our industry and understand that this will be a difficult time for employees, and employers within the private sector. We encourage you to reach out to us should you have any additional questions or concerns.

Yours truly,

Brian M Sartorelli

President, Council of Professional Investigators of Ontario

Board of Directors

Brian Sartorelli, President

Kelly Frapporti-Tobin,

Vice President

Lloyd Vaughan,
Executive Vice President


Shelley Collins

Vanessa Greenblatt

Manish Patel

Boaz Lapointe

James Meadway

Junior Williams

Brian Zeng

James Fralick

Brian Moffatt

Ross Dunsmore, Counsel



The Council of Professional Investigators of Ontario (CPIO)

The protection of corporate and private assets is fundamental to the economic health of an organization or private citizen. The CPIO is an association of professional and private investigators who are licensed in the Province of Ontario to conduct a wide range of investigations. Whether you are in the need of a due diligence background inquiry, an insurance fraud investigation or even a major and complex corporate internal fraud investigation, its membership are able to provide the expertise and professionalism required to meet your needs.

Mission Statement

The CPIO is dedicated to the representation of the Professional Investigators in the Province of Ontario, through the development and application of industry training, professional standards, and code of ethics.

What We Do

The CPIO believes that in order to properly represent the professional investigation industry we must continue to do the following:

  • Increase awareness of the CPIO through networking events and industry partnerships
  • Communicate the benefits of membership to our colleagues in the investigative industry
  • Provide collaboration tools between member agencies
  • Advocate for legislative change
  • Learning and training opportunities

We strive to have our members recognized as the premier private investigation agencies and private investigators in the Province of Ontario.

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