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Contemporary granted licence to do business in Ontario

Jennifer Brown   

News Public Sector

The Private Security Investigative Services Branch has confirmed that Contemporary Security Canada picked up its licence to operate as a licensed agency in Ontario June 14.

Just one week ago the province issued a statement saying it was working with Contemporary to process its application to obtain a license to operate in Ontario.

On June 7,  a spokesperson for the Minister of Community Safety and Correctional Services said: “The process for granting a company an agency license is rigorous. All private security agencies and their staff working in Ontario must be licensed per our legislation.”

Experts in the industry suggest the process of becoming a licensed agency can typically take up to six months.

A spokesperson said in a statement that: “Due to the unique nature of the Summits and the public safety imperative, we dedicated significant resources (personnel and overtime) to this one application. This was not a situation of our making. We made every effort to accommodate the RCMP and the security arrangements they made in the circumstances and, with their input, we were able to complete the application without compromising any steps in our rigorous application process. “


The granting of Contemporary’s licence comes at a time when the PSISB is scrambling to process individual guard licences prior to the G8 and G20 Summits coming up at the end of of June.

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