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Commissionaires is Canada’s largest private sector employer of veterans and only not-for-profit security provider, employing 22,000 Canadians of all ages in 1,200 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.

Social MandateSocial Mandate

To provide meaningful employment that meets the needs of veterans of the Canadian Armed Forces and Royal Canadian Mounted Police, their families and others who wish to contribute to the security and well-being of Canadians.


To provide expert security solutions that our clients value and trust to protect their interests.


To excel as the leading integrated security provider in Nova Scotia.


Commissionaires Nova Scotia is a mandate-driven organization defined by its values:

  • Honouring Service. We honour service in the military and RCMP, and the sacrifices made by service families.
  • Diversity, Inclusion and Equity. We welcome, respect and include everyone.
  • Safety. We make sure everyone gets home safe.
  • Integrity. We do the right thing.
  • Professionalism. We do things the right way.
  • Innovation. We always try to find a better way.

2021-24 Strategic Plan Leadmark Statement Leadmark Statement

Over the next three years, we will transform ourselves into a sought-after employer and partner, and will excel as the leading integrated security provider in Nova Scotia. We will do this by:

  • Building our future workforce - attracting, retaining and developing a diverse team that can meet future opportunities with success.
  • Developing our integrated security business - continually improving our operations and diversifying our products to become a full-range integrated security provider.
  • Enabling informed decisions - putting the tools and systems in place to make sure everyone is able to make decisions based on good information.
  • Being a good neighbour - being a visibly engaged and responsible member of our community that anyone would be proud to work with.


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.

The Original Eight Commissionaires – 1859
The Original Eight Commissionaires – 1859
Commissionaires historic security patrol car
One of the first mobile patrol units

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.

Lieutenant Governor of Nova Scotia
His Honour, The Honourable Arthur J. LeBlanc, ONS, QC, Lieutenant Governor of Nova Scotia, providing an address at the new CNS Head Office building in Bedford Commons, September 14, 2017