The mission of the Bureau de la sécurité privée is to protect the public. The Bureau is responsible for the enforcement of the Private Security Act.
The Private Security Act was adopted by the National Assembly of Quebec in 2006 becoming fully enforceable on July 22, 2010. The new Act is much more reflective of current reality, replacing the Act Respecting Detective or Security Agencies which was passed in 1962. The new Act ensures a more effective regulatory and compliance framework for all aspects of the industry including administration, ethics, training, and operations.
The Act represents a major reform of the private security industry and follows a long period of reflection and exchange between stakeholders in the private security industry and the Ministère de la sécurité publique (MSP).
The Bureau de la sécurité privée oversees implementation of the new Act and its regulations. The Bureau issues licences for agents and agencies and is the organization tasked with addressing complaints received against licensees within six industry activities identified by law.