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How to Become a Security Guard in Ontario

Becoming a Security Guard in Ontario is similar to a lot of other provinces: you need to meet basic security licensing requirements such as age, language proficiency, and other usual requirements of this nature.

Ont security training

Register for your ON security guard license here:

Ontario Security License Registration

Furthermore, to get a Security Guard license in Ontario, you need to take a government approved Ont Security Guard licensing course:

In Ontario, the government body that controls an Ontario Security Guard's license is Service Ontario which is a government body acting under the Ministry of the Solicitor General.


So, it is Service Ontario that will have a list of approved Ont security licensing courses. A list of approved security training providers can be found on their website.

Once you submit the proof of your ability to meet the requirements and completion of the Ontario security training course to Service Ontario, you will get your Ont Security Guard license.

Where to Get Security Guard License in Ontario?

You can get a Security Guard license in Ontario through Novel Data Investigative Learning's ON Ministry approved security licensing course. Furthermore, students of Novel Data's licensing courses will be emailed free access to our online investigations course: ICPI Level 100.


How Much is it to Get My Security Guard License in Ontario?

The cost of a Security Guard license in ON will be $160 CAD. This cost will involve taking an ON ministry approved security course and then paying for a physical ON Security Guard license:

  • $79.00 CAD - ON Security Guard licensing course

  • $80.00 CAD - ON Security license processing fee

Ontario Security Guard License Requirements

  1. Age: You must be 18yo or older.

  2. Criminal Record: You cannot have a criminal record of any kind or be under investigation for a crime.

  3. Canadian Citizen: You need to be a Canadian citizen or be legally allowed to work in Ontario. You will have to submit two copies of government ID to Service Ontario.

  4. English: You must be able to speak and write in English.

  5. Ont Government Approved Security License Course: You will need to complete a security license course approved by Service Ontario and submit proof of completion.

  6. Passport Photo: You will have to provide Service Ontario with a certified passport photo. Most passport photo services can often certify a passport photo.

  7. Personal Reference: You need a guarantor that you have known for over two years and that is not a relative.

  8. Fee: You will have to pay a small licensing fee, around $80CAD.

  9. Submitting: The documents you submit can be sent to Service Ontario via mail or online uploading.


ON Security Guard Salary

Service Ontario Security License Info

ONT Investigator Application Information

Service Ontario

Occupational Licensing Services Office

P.O. Box 4500

Kingston ON

K7L 0E1

Ontario security guard license

What Does an Ontario Security Guard Do?

Ontario Security Guards Patrol Vacant Locations

Ontario Security Guards will do foot patrols of locations for a set number of times per shift.

A common task for an Ontario Security Guard will be checking mechanical rooms for any unusual signs or potential health and safety issues.

Ontario Security Guards watch for hazards and fill out hazard reports (Ontario Guards write a lot of reports).

Guards in Ontario document and report maintenance issues to supervisors.

Many Ontario security sites require Guards to monitor fire extinguishers to ensure that they are not overdue for inspection (official reviews are done by maintenance personnel).

Ontario Security Guards write a lot, including filling in logs as their shifts progresses with what activities are being done at what times. Ontario Guards will have their own security notebooks and will constantly note all unusual sightings, occurrences, and incidents.

Ontario Security Guards will respond to alarms and act accordingly as per the Emergency Response plan set in place by supervisors. This may include,

Evacuation of the security site.

Checking alarm system on the way out for information about where the problem is occurring.

Contacting supervisors.

Responding to incidents and completing all reports as necessary.

Ontario Security Guards Protect Sites with Customers

If an Ontario Security Guard is working in a team environment, they will usually meet for a pre-shift briefing at a set location. Once the meeting has been completed the Ontario Security Guards will go directly to their designated sites.

In Ontario security site locations with customers, Guards will do a lot of patrolling. This can be in a building or outside in places such as parking lots.

Ontario Security Guards are usually responsible for site cleanliness when there are no designated cleaning staff. This means as an Ontario Security Guard, expect to be cleaning a lot of trash.

Monitoring CCTV cameras will be a big part of an Ontario Security Guard’s job. This will be on a continuous basis with follow ups on issues seen.

When it comes to security sites in the service industry, Ontario Security Guards will have to assist customers in various non-security ways. This can be giving them directions or carrying items for them. Furthermore, Ontario Security Guards will often be expected to be friendly, outgoing, and talkative with customers in their security sites.

A constant security issue for Ontario security sites with customers will be smoking, alcohol consumption, and narcotics. Ontario Security Guards will often be making sure people aren’t smoking in non-smoking areas, consuming alcohol, or narcotics. For the latter, an Ontario Security Guard will usually report the issue to local police.