02 Jan Season’s Greetings
INTRODUCING OUR NEWEST BOARD MEMBER – JOHN MARCH
MTO SURVEY by Wayne Sullivan, Director, Western Affairs
C.P.I.O. recently conducted a survey of investigation agencies across Canada. The objective was to ascertain what provinces still permitted Investigation companies to conduct various types of drivers record searches. We learned through the process there were only two provinces that still allow such searches, Ontario and Newfoundland. Some provinces did, at one time, have authority to do these types of searches and had it revoked, while others never had the authority to begin with. Having the authority to conduct MTO searches is a privilege. I don’t have explain the value it has to us as investigators and agency owners. It is important that we all continue to do our due diligence to protect this information when we request and receive it. I am not here to advise anyone how to run their business, however, restricting the number of people within each organization that have access to conduct these searches, I believe, is good business practise. When you limit the number of individuals that have access to do such searches, it in turn allows better control over who has done the searches, and why, as well makes documenting the information for MTO records a much simpler process.
Through this survey, we also learned, that apart from British Columbia, none of the other provinces felt they had a very strong voice to advocate on their behalf to either maintain, or obtain authorization to conduct drivers’ record searches.
As a stakeholder, C.P.I.O. continues to keep the channels open with MTO, and this in turn should allow us to have discussions’ on any changes or modifications that are being considered by MTO. Having input and access to the people making the decisions is critical. Remember, having this access is a privilege, not a right. Working together with MTO, and not breaching their trust can be the difference between keeping, or losing our authority.
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