BSP in brief

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 Bureau : created by the Act on private security

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 : born out of big changes in the private security industry

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).

2 major changes to remember

The Act on private security requires that :
  • any individual who provides private security services in Quebec must now be a licensed agent;
  • any person who operates a business providing private security services in Quebec must be licensed for each of the private security activities offered

The Private Security Act applies to six activities of private security services :
  • Security Guarding / Security guard protecting property, assets or people
  • Investigation
  • Locksmith work
  • Electronic security systems
  • Transport of valuables
  • Security consulting

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.

Quoi de Neuf ?

What's new


Annual report 2015-2016

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Reaction of the Bureau de la sécurité privée to Recent Legal Developments

The Bureau de la sécurité privée (BSP) has been contacted by various media in recent days concerning its position on the current... (…)

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