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Commissionaires is Canada’s largest private sector employer of veterans and only not-for-profit security provider, employing 24 000 Canadians of all ages in 1200 communities across the country

Commissionaires is not an agency of the federal or provincial government. We are a private, self-supporting, not-for-profit federation of social enterprises, continuing a proud tradition that started more than a century and a half ago. We exist to provide meaningful employment to former members of the military and RCMP, and their families, while providing exceptional services to some of the country's most demanding clients.

We are a federation of 15 not-for-profit organizations - known as "divisions" - with independent volunteer boards and professional management, coordinated through a volunteer national board.


The first Corps of Commissionaires was founded in England in 1859 by Captain Sir Edward Walter, a retired officer of the Crimean War, to help veterans make the difficult transition back to civilian life. The idea of forming a Canadian Corps of Commissionaires was first proposed in 1915 by the Governor General of Canada, His Royal Highness Prince Arthur, the Duke of Connaught, to provide a social safety net for soldiers returning from service in the First World War.

The Canadian Corps of Commissionaires was founded in 1925 with divisions in Montreal, Toronto and Vancouver. In 1936 amidst the Great Depression, the federal government established divisions of the Corps in each city with a population over 40,000 to provide employment for veterans. Halifax Division - now known as Commissionaires Nova Scotia - deployed its first veteran security officers the following year.

Viceregal Patronage

The Canadian Corps of Commissionaires enjoys the patronage of the Governor General of Canada, a tradition that dates back to 1937 when the Right Honourable John Buchan became the first patron of the Canadian Corps of Commissionaires.

The viceregal patron of Commissionaires Nova Scotia in turn is the Lieutenant Governor of Nova Scotia, the Honourable Arthur J. Leblanc, ONS, QC.