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Guide to Becoming a Parking Bylaw Officer in Ontario

Our Student Experience Advisors are asked a lot of questions about becoming a MLEO or Bylaw Officer.  Here are some of the top questions, answered!


Bylaw officers play a crucial role in enforcing local laws and regulations in communities across Ontario. If you’re interested in a career in law enforcement, a career as a bylaw officer might be the perfect fit for you. Here’s everything you need to know about becoming a bylaw officer in Ontario.


  • What does MLEO mean?


MLEO stands for Municipal Law Enforcement Officer. In Ontario, a Municipal Law Enforcement Officer is a bylaw enforcement officer who is authorized to enforce local bylaws within their municipality.  MLEO is a term unique to Ontario.  Anyone that is designated a MLEO enforces municipal bylaws.  They are a bylaw officer with a specific title.


  • How much does a Parking Bylaw Officer make in Ontario?


The average salary for a bylaw officer in Ontario is approximately $70,000 to $80,000 per year. Salaries may be lower with private companies versus municipalities.  Salaries can also vary depending on factors such as experience, location, and the size of the municipality.  Check out our blog about MLEO jobs.


  • How do I become a parking bylaw officer in Ontario?


To become a parking bylaw officer in Ontario, you should first complete relevant education and training. We offer a recognized online training course that students typically finish in 20 hours.


Upon completion of our MLEO course you will receive a Certificate of Completion.  After certification, you can apply for parking enforcement positions within municipal governments across Ontario or for private security companies that offer these services.


  • How long does it take to become a municipal bylaw officer in Ontario?


The time it takes to become a bylaw officer in Ontario varies depending on the education and training path you choose. Individuals typically complete a parking bylaw training course or a bylaw core competency course which is broader in its scope.  Both can be completed online.  Employers also look for relevant work experience such as private security work, customer service work or other work experience dealing with the public.


  • If I work for a Security Agency issuing tickets can I leave and work for a Municipality?


Yes, if you are going to work for the same Municipality where you worked as a security guard writing tickets, then yes. It is valid and will follow with you. No need to repeat the training or gain a new appointment.  If you choose to work in a different municipality then you will have to enquire if they require any additional training.

For further reading, check out our Bylaw FAQ.


In conclusion, a career as a bylaw officer in Ontario can be both rewarding and challenging. With the right education and training, you can make a positive impact in your community and help enforce local laws and regulations.