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.

Heart protection: 6 warning signs of a heart attack

December 18, 2015

February is Heart Month. We’re not talking about Valentine’s Day. The Public Health Agency of Canada (2009) says that nine in 10 Canadians have at least one risk factor for heart disease or stroke. If you feel even one of these symptoms out of the blue, call 9-1-1, rest and wait for help.

Here are the top six warning signs of a heart attack: 

• Chest discomfort (uncomfortable chest pressure, squeezing, fullness or pain, burning or heaviness)

• Discomfort in other areas of the upper body (neck, jaw, shoulder, arms, back)

• Shortness of breath

• Sweating

The One Safety Step Commissionaires Recommends You Take Right Now

October 30, 2015

Commissionaires follow strict safety protocols. We also like to preach what we practice, and we share our safety tips whenever we can. For us, being safe means being prepared: taking the time to learn safety skills and procedures like how to secure your home, knowing how to prepare for a vacation, or what to do in an emergency.

Fingerprinting News – Out with the Old, In With the New

March 27, 2015

The RCMP will soon use only digital fingerprinting for all criminal record checks for civil applications (employment, immigration, etc.)

Effective July 1, 2014, submission of ink-based fingerprints by mail to the RCMP will end.

All fingerprint submissions must be made through a digital application. This change brings many advantages to the applicants and the RCMP, including faster processing time from months to days, improved privacy protection and provision of a certified criminal record check.

Commissionaires – here to support our veterans

November 10, 2014

The following was submitted to newspaper editors across Canada by Bill Sutherland, National Board Chair Commissionaires.  We want to share it with you here today.

Dear Editor,

Commissionaire Profile - Ron Gosselin

May 21, 2014

RCMP veteran Ron Gosselin is one of the reasons Commissionaires exists. We know that the transition from military or police to civilian life isn’t easy. That’s why we feature people like Ron: to illustrate working at Commissionaires as a bridge into the civilian working world. Our purpose, our mandate is to provide ex-military, as well as former RCMP and police veterans with jobs that have the structure and camaraderie that they’re used to.

Commissionaires Helped First Air Manage Employee Criminal Record Checks and Fingerprinting in Record Time!

May 14, 2014

What do you do when you’re time strapped and you need criminal record checks for all of your employees - yesterday? First Air project manager Suzan Park MacLeod, called Commissionaires.

“When I learned that criminal record checks were needed and that it involved fingerprinting, I was concerned that we couldn’t get this done in time,” said Park MacLeod.

5 Reasons to Have Your Fingerprints Taken

February 3, 2014

At Commissionaires, we’re frequently asked why someone should have their fingerprints taken.   Here are the top reasons:

1. Employment
Many corporations and agencies require both employees and volunteers to be fingerprinted.

2. Foreign Travel, Passports, Work Permits, Visas and US Waivers
Anyone wishing to visit or work in other countries may be required to provide a criminal record check.

Commissionaires’ Tips to Keep Your Home Safe While You’re Away

December 30, 2013

Travelers ask us how they can keep their home safe while they’re away over the holidays. Burglars look for an easy target. Show them that you aren’t one by making it look like someone’s home. Use a timer for both indoor and outdoor lights, have someone shovel your driveway, and leave a radio on for noise. Avoid broadcasting that you’ll be away on Facebook; or other social media - burglars aren’t above looking you up online.

Commissionaires’ “Airport Santa” returns to Victoria International Airport

December 24, 2013

Every December, one of our Commissionaires at the Victoria International Airport provides a truly jolly form of security. You might catch a glimpse of Senior Security Supervisor Al Paterson in the Departures area. He might even be humming a song involving bells or a reindeer. Known as the “Airport Santa,” Paterson goes all out, sporting a full beard and red attire.