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Ontario launching online security guard and private investigator testing


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The Ontario government announced this week it is offering an online testing option for those who wish to obtain a security guard or private investigator licence.

In a statement, the government noted that the option will remove the need for applicants to travel to a testing facility during the current COVID-19 pandemic outbreak and into the future.

“Expanding to online testing for security guards and private investigators is another step forward in our government’s work to modernize frontline services and programming for Ontarians,” said Solicitor General Sylvia Jones, in the statement. “Online testing will help expand Ontario’s capacity to train and qualify these critical professionals who are essential to public safety and the well-being of communities.”

Launched Jan. 18, applicants who select the online testing option will be able to choose from a range of dates and times. The expectation is that the online service will enable more individuals to be tested and improve overall accessibility. Each online testing session can accommodate eight candidates with one examiner overseeing the process. Up to 12 sessions will be offered daily in both English and French.

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A pilot project for online testing was launched in October 2020 with provider Serco Canada. According to feedback from participants in the pilot, the online option has received strong support.

“The government’s move to enable security recruits to conduct the provincial tests online is a constructive and positive measure for security services in Ontario,” said Tim Saunders, Senior Vice President and Chief Development Officer, G4S Secure Solutions (Canada). “This change will allow for more security guards at key locations where they are providing an essential and vital service, especially in these challenging times.”

In-person testing for both guards and private investigators will continue to be offered at Ontario DriveTest locations.