Public Sector
Three of Calgary’s professional security organizations are working together for the third year in a row, to address the growing need for information about the convergence of technology and physical security. The aim? To help security and law enforcement professionals achieve a holistic approach to addressing gaps vulnerable to terrorism, privacy and security risks. 
In the May 2005 issue of Canadian Security, an article titled Regulation Round-up analyzed the wave of regulatory reform that had just started to break across Canada’s six largest provinces at that time. The regulatory reform process has continued to move forward in all six of those jurisdictions. In fact, there have been significant developments in the regulatory reform process in every single one of those provinces just since the beginning of this year. Here’s a breakdown of what’s been happening.
Under current security legislation, a security guard or private investigator can only hold a licence if he is employed by a licensed security business.  In most places he or she is prohibited from working for more than one employer at the same time without the permission of both employers.  Right now, however, only contract security personnel and their employers are regulated.  There is nothing to prohibit a person from holding down two or more jobs in security at the same time, as long as no more than one of those jobs is with a licensed security business.
In June of 2003 the Province of Ontario published a discussion paper on private security regulatory reform. On August 23 of this year, almost 50 months later, the Private Security and Investigative Services Act finally came into force, as did over a dozen regulations made pursuant to that Act. Although we in the province of Ontario are now in the midst of a hectic period of transition, the end is in sight. A year from now, there will be close to 60,000 licensed security employees in the province of Ontario, and mandatory pre-employment training for private investigators and security guards will be an established fact of life.  
When the $820 million Brampton Civic Hospital opened last fall it marked the completion of seven years of work on one of Ontario’s first private-public sector funded hospital — the first of its kind to hand over management of services such as security to the private sector.
The job boom in Alberta isn’t making everyone happy. For employers, the labour pool is diminishing and it’s becoming harder to find qualified candidates. The security industry is no different, as Alberta companies struggle to attract and retain security personnel who are now in short supply.
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