CNS Celebrates 85 Years of Protecting Nova Scotians

On this day in 1938, Commissionaires Nova Scotia opened its doors for business. To commemorate the day, here are eight significant milestones that helped us get to 85 years:

  • On January 24, 1938, CNS becomes part of the Canadian Corps of Commissionaires with only 20 men, all former members of the permanent force.
  • On March 28, 1952, CNS is no longer known as “H” Division and becomes Nova Scotia Division.
  • In 1967, CNS relocates to the historic Black-Binney House on Hollis Street. The House is now a National Historic Site of Canada.
  • In 1972, Elsie Herman becomes the first woman to join CNS.
  • In 2000, CNS gets approved as an authorized agency by the RCMP to take fingerprints, diversifying its security business.
  • In 2001, to meet growing demands for security personnel after the 11 September attacks, CNS expands its workforce to include non-veterans.
  • In 2017, after half a century at Black-Binney House, CNS moves into its own, purpose-built Head Office in Bedford Commons.
  • In 2021, CNS becomes triple-certified by the authoritative International Organization for Standardization (ISO), meaning that our services are delivered to world-class standards.

Happy birthday, CNS!! Here’s to the next 85 years!