02 Nov Letter from the PSISB
Please be reminded that the Private Security and Investigative Services Branch (PSISB) is responsible for licensing security guards, private investigators and business entities that sell or retain security guard and/or private investigator services in Ontario. The Private Security and Investigative Services Act, 2005 (PSISA) provides the legal and regulatory framework for the private security and investigative services industry.
In order to provide security guard and/or private investigator services, individual licensees must work for a licenced entity, a registered employer, or an employer that is not required to be registered.
A licensed business entity (also known as an agency) under the PSISA is an enterprise that is in the business of selling security guard and/or private investigator services. Any business that sells the services of security guards and/or private investigators typically requires an agency licence.
While you are licensed with the ministry and authorized to sell security services, kindly note that Section 40 of the PSISA prohibitsthe use of certain terms including detective, private detective, law enforcement, police, and officer.
As per section 30 of the PSISA, no person shall hold a licence to engage in the business of selling the services of private investigators or security guards unless that person is insured by an insurer licensed under theInsurance Act, 1990. As per Ontario Regulation 462/07 – Insurance (attached), every licensed business entity shall carry general liability insurance in the amount of at least $2,000,000.
The PSISA identifies the minimum insurance requirements for licensed business entities. Additional insurance coverage requirements should be determined by the business entity.
As a Licensed Agency, please ensure you send the PSISB a valid copy of your insurance when it is renewed, to ensure our records accurately reflect that your insurance meets the legislative requirements.
Any business entity that fails to carry liability insurance as required is in violation of the Act, and subject to charges. With the introduction in June 2013 of Set Fines for violations of the PSISA, police officers and Provincial Offences Officers across Ontario are now able to issue tickets under Part I of the Provincial Offences Act (POA) immediately upon infraction to individuals and/or businesses for violations of the PSISA or its regulations. The fine under Part I of the Act for failing to carry liability insurance as required is $400.00. Alternatively, individuals and/or businesses’ found in violation of the PSISA may also be charged using a Part III of the POA Summons which could carry a maximum penalty of up to $25,000 and/or up to one year imprisonment.
You may view the PSISA and its regulations on the ministry’s website athttp://www.mcscs.jus.gov.on.
If you have any further questions, you may wish to call our customer service line at 416-212-1650 or toll-free at 1-866-767-7454 or visit our website athttp://www.mcscs.jus.gov.on.
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