Commissionaires Blog

Welcome to Commissionaires’ blog! As a leading security provider and Canada’s largest private sector employer of veterans, we’ll keep you up-to-date on security industry news, security tips and techniques, and profiles of our team members.

Commissionaire Nick Dunning Ensures Veterans Won’t Be Forgotten

April 5, 2017

Even for busy Commissionaires, there is always time to take up a hobby.

Deciding to forgo stamp-collecting and knitting, Nick Dunning creates incredibly lifelike and historically accurate depictions of military battle scenes to honour Canada’s veterans.

Nick’s passion and hobby is fitting. His father spent time with the Royal Canadian Air Force and his mother mastered the fine art of copper-working in India.

But when it comes to his inspiration, Nick finds motivation through his appreciation for Canadian military efforts.

What you need to know when taking a flight with your electronic devices

March 27, 2017

By: Benoit Gagnon, Director, Cybersurveillance and Information Security, Quebec Division

So, you’re ready for your next vacation. Vaccine, check! Passport, check! Airplane tickets, check! Luggage, check! Laptop and camera, check!

Everything is a set, and you are ready to experience the best vacation of your life! Heck, you will even be able to use the flight time to write stuff on your blog and work on those pictures you’ll take during your trip.

Well, concerning that, you might discover an unpleasant surprise when you get to the airport.

Commissionaires Helps Syrian Refugees Find Meaningful Employment

March 8, 2017

Gassan Muhammed arrived for his shift as a security guard at St. John’s City Hall last week. While this sounds like any other day for many workers across the country, this was a special day for Gassan, as it was his first day on the job in his new home: Canada.

Gassan is a participant of the Syrian Refugee Employment Initiative Program, established by Commissionaires Newfoundland and Labrador (NL) CEO Jim Lynch to ensure that Syrian refugees can effectively adjust to their new lives with meaningful employment.

October 9-15 is National Fire Prevention Week

October 3, 2016

This is National Fire Prevention Week in Canada.  The 2016 theme is “Don’t Wait – Check the Date! Replace Smoke Alarms Every 10 Years!”

Fire Prevention Canada provides these facts and tips on installing and testing smoke alarms, and more.


Background screening helps manage risks

September 29, 2016

How can background screening help you streamline hiring processes?

Background screening prospective employees is a key tool in any HR professional’s hiring toolkit – one that’s required to ensure you hire the candidate that is the best fit for your organization.

Secure your Home with HomeWatch

September 16, 2016

Going on vacation? Worried about your house, and don’t know who can care for it while you’re gone? Whether you’re away for a few days or several months, don’t leave your home to chance – leave it to Commissionaires.

Our professionally trained staff will ensure that your home is secure and looks lived in as long as you are away.

What to do when someone loses consciousness – there’s an App for that!

August 26, 2016

A few weeks ago, a Commissionaire from Montreal helped a man through life-threatening situation. He had trouble breathing and, as our Commissionaire called for backup, the victim lost consciousness. Here’s how you can help if you see someone in a similar situation:

Think like a Commissionaire to safeguard your Home

July 29, 2016

When Commissionaires think security, we think prevention. We look for potential security concerns and address them before there’s a problem. Commissionaires scan, plan and prevent. Repeat.  

Learn how you can secure your home by thinking like a Commissionaire:

Spring Clean Your Past with a Record Suspension

June 30, 2016

If you’ve made a mistake in your past and you don’t want it appearing on a background check – perhaps one you need for a volunteer position or a pre-employment screening – Commissionaires can help.

While we can’t erase your criminal record completely, Commissionaires can help you with a record suspension (formerly called a pardon).

This process removes your criminal record from the Canadian Police Information Center Database (CPIC). Once it’s done, a search won’t reveal your past, or even that you’ve received a record suspension/pardon.