Everything You Need to Know About Security License Renewals in Ontario

March 2, 2023

Are you planning on getting a security guard license in the province of Ontario? If so, one of the key steps to take is to gather any information you can about both the acquisition and renewal process. In this article, we’ll be discussing everything you need to know about security license renewals in Ontario—from when they are due, to how you can renew them easily.

How can you easily renew your license?

The good news is that renewing your security guard license is relatively easy. All you need to do is fill out an application form and submit it along with the necessary fees. Then, after a few weeks (or sometimes months), you should receive a new card in the mail stating that your license has been successfully renewed for another two years. It’s important to note that some licensing bodies may also require additional paperwork or background checks prior to approving a renewal application – so make sure that you check with them beforehand if this could apply in your case.

What requirements must be met prior to renewal?

In order for a security license renewal application form to be accepted by the relevant licensing body in Ontario, there are several requirements that must first be met. These include completing any mandatory refresher courses or recertification exams (if applicable), paying any applicable fees or fines, and providing proof of up-to-date criminal record checks and vulnerable sector screening (VSS). Additionally, depending on the type of job being sought out by the individual applying for their renewal, they may also need provide evidence of additional training or qualifications related specifically to their chosen profession before their application can be approved.

How often do I need to renew my security guard license in Ontario?

Your security guard license must be renewed every two years in order to remain valid. The renewal process begins approximately six weeks before your license expires. You will receive an email from the Ministry of Community Safety and Correctional Services (MCSCS) with instructions on how to renew your license. It is important that you follow these instructions carefully, as failure to do so may result in having your license revoked or suspended.

What Information do I Need To Provide When Renewing My Security Guard License?

When you renew your security guard license, you will need to provide the following information:

  • Your name, address, phone number, email address and place of birth;
  • The date your security guard training was completed;
  • Proof of completion of a First Aid course; and
  • Proof of completion of an MTCU approved 40-hour training program at a recognized institution such as Cancom Security Training Academy.

In addition, if there have been any changes since your last renewal such as changes in employment status or criminal record checks, you must also submit updated copies of these documents. The MCSCS will review all documents submitted for renewal and will contact you if more information is needed.

What happens after I submit my application for renewal?

Once your application has been submitted and all documents reviewed by the MCSCS, they will either approve or deny your application for renewal within 10 business days. If approved, they will also send out a new physical card displaying your updated expiry date which should arrive within 14 business days after approval via mail delivery or courier service. It is important that you keep this card on hand at all times while working as a security guard in Ontario as it may be requested by employers or clients during the course of duty.

Get in touch with Cancom Security Training Academy for Ontario security license renewal services!

While renewal applications are relatively straightforward and easy enough for most individuals who meet all applicable requirements—including completing any necessary refresher courses/exams, paying any applicable fees/fines, and providing proof of updated criminal record checks/VSS—it’s still significant for applicants to double-check what specific requirements may apply in their case prior submitting an official application form. With this knowledge under your belt, however, there’s nothing left stopping potential security guards from easily obtaining all the necessary documentation they need. As always, when it comes to all things security guard training, reach out to Cancom Security Training Academy for guidance!

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