Definitions and Licence Classes

Classes of Business and Individual Licence:

Businesses and individuals may hold licences in one or more of the following licence classes, provided the qualifications are met for each licence class.  Some exceptions are noted in the descriptions below.

Executive Security
Investigator
Locksmiths
Automotive Lock Bypass
Loss Prevention Workers
Security Services
Security Alarm Responders
Training Licence (any class except locksmith)
Locksmith Apprentice Training Licence

  1. Executive Security
    Any person or organization that provides or supervises any person undertaking to guard or provide security for another person(s) for the purposes of personal protection.  This licence class is exempt from wearing a uniform if desired. If a uniformed is worn it must be compliant with legislation.

  2. Investigator
    Any person or organization that provides or supervises any person undertaking to investigate, perform surveillance, or seek or obtain information about crimes, offences, contradictions of enactments or misconduct or allegations of same about
    • An accident, incident, personal injury or damage to property or premises
    • The activities, conduct, character or repute of a person or organization
    • The whereabouts of an individual
    • The location, disposition or recovery of lost, stolen or missing property

    Investigator licencees may not hold a second licence class as a locksmith or automotive lock bypass worker.

  3. Locksmiths
    Any person or organization that provides or supervises any person undertaking to:
    • Possess or operate locksmith tools or tools designated to operate the switches or locks of a motor vehicle
    • Make, service, code, recode, rekey or repin any locking device, except a person who codes or recodes a devices that person or their employer owns
    • Design or maintain master key systems
    • Maintain key code records
    • Cut, make or sell keys or other lock-operating devices that:
      • are marked to prohibit or restrict duplication or copying, including, without limitation, keys marked “Master”, “Do not copy”, “Do not duplicate” or “Restricted”
      • can be duplicated, copied or coded only by equipment unique to that type of key or lock-operating devices

    Locksmith licences will only be issued as a sole licence class and will not form part of a multiple licence class. If a locksmith licencee wishes to hold licenses in other categories, he/she must be approved to do so by the Registrar.

    • Sample bypass licence
      A sample automotive lock bypass licence
      Automotive Lock Bypass
      Any person or organization that provides or supervises any person undertaking to:
      • Open or provide access to an automobile

      These licencees are not authorized to work on non-automotive locks.  Licences will only be issued as a sole licence class and will not form part of a multiple licence class. If a locksmith licencee wishes to hold licences in other categories, he/she must be approved to do so by the Registrar.

    • Loss Prevention Workers
      Any person or organization that provides or supervises any person undertaking to monitor, investigate and perform security services to prevent loss or damage to the commercial, industrial or retail property or premises of a person or organization.  This licence class is exempt from wearing a uniform if desired. If a uniformed is worn it must be compliant with legislation.

    • Security Services
      Any person or organization that provides or supervises any person undertaking to:
      • Monitor, patrol, guard or provide security for another person or the property or premises of another person or organization
      • Investigate loss of or damage to property or premises of another person or organization
      • Conduct searches of persons, personal property or premises for the purpose of protection or loss prevention
      • Detain, control, discipline or warn anyone while accessing or on another persons property or premises

    • Security Alarm Responders
      Any person or organization that provides or supervises any person undertaking to:
      • Provide security services in response to and at the location of a security alarm

      Business owners, managers, employees, family members or community volunteers, who are contacted to verify the validity of an alarm after business hours, and for the sole purpose of providing information or access to security services or law enforcement, are not required to hold a licence under the legislation.  These individuals are representative of the premises whose primary occupation is not as an alarm responder, nor are they employed by an alarm responder company.

      This licence class was created to capture those companies and individuals whose sole service offering is to attend the site of an alarm.  Companies who provide a total security product to their worksite or contract holder are not required to hold an Alarm Response Licence in addition to a Security Services Licence.

    • Training Licence (any class except locksmith)
      A business licencee may apply for a training licence on behalf of an individual employee.  This licence is designed to allow individuals to receive on-the-job training and commence employment while completing mandatory training requirements.

      This is a 30 day individual licence for any licence class, except locksmith. These licences are one-time only and individuals may never receive a second training licence.

      Applicants for a training licence must meet all the qualifications for licensing applicable to the licence class they are applying to, except training, and pass a mandatory pre-test prior to being issued a training licence.  Upon completion of training, applicants must submit proof of training to the Registrar to have their licence converted to a regular licence in the applicable class.

      Individuals that fail to complete the required training or provide proof of successful training to the Registrar are not permitted to continue working passed the 30 day period. If at a subsequent date, after the 30 day license period, a person passes training or submits proof of successful training to the Registrar, that person will be treated as a new applicant and all fees will apply.

    • Locksmith Apprentice Training Licence
      A business licencee may apply for a locksmith apprentice training licence on behalf of an apprentice/employee.  Applicants must meet all the requirements for a locksmith licence, except the mandatory training, and must provide proof of enrollment in a recognized locksmith apprenticeship program.  This licence class will allow locksmith apprentices to possess and use locksmith tools under the Criminal Code of Canada. This licence is valid for the duration of the apprenticeship program.

    Types of Business Licenses

    In addition to license class, there are two types of business licences.

    1. Contract Business Licence
      A business or entity that employs or contracts individuals to sell market or provide security or investigative services in any licence class is required to obtain a business licence under the Security Services and Investigators Act.
    2. Registered-User Licence
      A business or unit/department of a business that employs or engages individuals to provide security or investigative services licensed under the Act is required to obtain a business licence under the Security Services and Investigators Act.  Businesses which obtain security or investigative services from a contract company are not required to hold any type of licence.

    For example:

    • A retail store that hires a security guard directly and retains that person as an employee of the store is required to hold a registered-user business licence. The employee is also required to hold an individual licence in the applicable licence class.
    • A retail store that hires a contract security company to provide security guards to their store is not required to hold a licence. The security guard is still required to hold an individual licence.