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Security training for employment in the security industry offers great opportunities for career advancement, community involvement and a chance to help make a real difference in the lives of others.   Private law enforcement — for trained professionals– is among the most exciting and rewarding career choices available.  And it’s growing fast as an opportunity for employment.  CSPIS offers security training through our fast-track security license exam training preparation course to get you working quickly, as well as comprehensive training as a Security Protection Practitioner  to help give you the opportunity to develop and grow more quickly within the security profession.

Graduate Employment Income Opportunities

According to a survey of Canadian security professionals published in the November 2015 edition of Canadian Security Magazine (www.canadiansecuritymag.com),  35% of respondents indicate their current annual income ranges from between $20,000 to $60,000 while about 37% indicate they earn between $60,000 to $100,000 annually.  While just under 3.5% of respondents say they earn less than $20,000 per year, a whopping 24% of Canadian security professionals indicate earnings of over $100,000 per year.

Career Stability

When asked about length of service, 51% of respondents in the same survey indicate they have been with their current employer for more than 1 year and less than 10 years, while 24% of those who responded have been with their current employer for between 10 and 20 years.  Overall, 15% of respondents have remained with their current employer for over 20 years.

When asked to rate their current employer, 53% of respondents answered their current employers is “very good” or “excellent”, while 47% of respondents indicated their current employer is “average” (27%) or needs improvement (20%).

Security protection is an industry growing growing in Canada at an unprecedented rate, and with this growth comes the need for well trained, highly motivated and capable security protection personnel.

Industry History and Growth

Private law enforcement has been a regulated industry in Ontario since the passage of Ontario’s old Private Investigators and Security Guards Act, 1966.

According to information released by the Ministry of Community Safety and Correctional Services (MCSCS), in 1967, the first year of regulation, there were a total of 4,600 licensees who came under the authority of the legislation.  The industry was in its infancy, but obviously large enough that regulations were in order.

By the year 2000, the number had grown to 28,000 licensees within Ontario, along with an estimated 20,000 individuals who, under the old Act, were exempt from licensing.  The private law enforcement experienced a ten-fold industry growth rate, from 4,600 to 48,000 licensees in the space of 34 years.

Today, Ontario’s private law enforcement industry employs some 70,000 personnel.  According Statistics Canada, Ontario currently employs a total of about 25,000 police officers.  Canada-wide, the number of public law enforcers is estimated at about 68,000.  The private sector of law enforcement in Ontario is larger than all public policing in Canada combined.

Did you know…

  • Private law enforcement careers are rated among “the 30 best-paying fast-track careers”*
  • Private Investigator careers grew by 33.6% in Ontario in the same five year period police careers shrank by 6.8%**
  • Ontario employs approximately 70,000 private law enforcement professionals, versus 25,000 public police officers***
  • The US Bureau of Labor Statistics reports the average income of a private investigator — with training — at $60,390
  • Security directors, in the same report, average $77,000$80,000 and security investigators about $40,000

*Canada’s Best Careers Guide, 2010

**Statscan Juristat Catalogue no. 85-002-XIE, Vol 18, N0. 13, 1991 to 1996.

***Statscan, 2010

When it comes to career choice, private law enforcement provides opportunity for challenge, growth and unlimited reward.