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How Do I Become A Private Investigator In Ontario

Did you know that according to the latest Ontario Ministry of the Solicitor General’s Private Security and Investigative Services Branch’s 2022—2023 Annual Report, there were 2329 Private Investigator licenses issued in 2022-2023.

The regions with the highest employment rate were:

  • Toronto: 54%
  • Ottawa: 14%
  • Hamilton-Niagara: 7%

According to available labour market information, the median income for security guards, private investigators and related security service occupations in Ontario is $42,800.  Keep in mind that Private Investigators enjoy a higher average income versus Security Guards.


What does this mean?

These statistics support a thriving and growing market for Private Investigators in Ontario.


Want To Learn More?

To work as a private investigator in Ontario you must have a valid license issued by the Ministry of the Solicitor General. The Ministry is responsible for regulating the private investigation industry, which is governed by the Ontario Private Security and Investigative Services Act, 2005.

Completion of the 50hr online Private Investigator training course is required.  You can join the thousands of Ontarians who have completed our course anytime by signing up here.  

The second step is to write your exam which can also be done online.  The third and final step is to fill out and submit your application to the Ministry.  You can read more about the process here.

If you have questions, please call us at 888-409-1118 or email our Student Experience Advisors at and our team can walk you through the process.