Commissionaires Ottawa is an award-winning, private sector
market leader that specializes in providing full-scale security solutions.

Modern, innovative, sustainable.
What you don’t know about Commissionaires Ottawa will surprise you.

  • The average age of a modern-day commissionaire is in the mid-40s.
  • Commissionaires Ottawa provides much more than traditional security guard services such as: digital fingerprinting, pre-employment screening, criminal background checks, investigations, site inspections, threat risk assessments, non-core police services, security escorts, mobile alarm response, and more.
  • When you hire a commissionaire, you are doing business with a private sector, self-funded company.
  • Commissionaires Ottawa has won consecutive Consumer Choice Awards for business excellence as voted by Ottawa’s private sector business community, where commissionaires are emerging as a security services provider of choice.
  • Commissionaires Ottawa has, by far, the lowest employee turnover rate amongst all of its competitors, holding strong at less than 15%—offering clients a stable and reliable security presence. This is unmatched in the private security industry where some employee turnover rates are 60% or higher.
  • Commissionaires Ottawa has ALWAYS accommodated veterans who are recovering from injuries or conditions who need a safe, flexible and caring work environment with other veterans who can help support their healing journey.
  • Although its ‘bread and butter’ has traditionally been federal government contracts, the company’s market share in the private sector is growing steadily year after year. Over 25% of its contracts today were secured through a competitive bidding process.
  • Commissionaires Ottawa is very proud of its tradition, but it runs its company like a business. Particularly since 9/11, the company has diversified, expanded and innovated—and completely transformed itself in the process.
  • Commissionaires Ottawa chose a not-for-profit structure, which allows it to redirect over 95% of its revenues to employees in the form of industry-leading wages, benefits and training.
  • The Board of Directors and Governors are all volunteers. These include former Chiefs of the Defence Staff, RCMP Deputy Commissioners, high-ranking officers and decorated military personnel.

We have a long and proud tradition rooted in dedication, preparation and trust.

For over 75 years, Commissionaires Ottawa has fostered a work culture that is rooted in military tradition and a work force that values dedication, trust, loyalty and honesty. Although hiring from the military community remains a priority, our social mandate has two other commitments. One is to recruit RCMP veterans. The other is to carefully screen and recruit security-conscious citizens who have proven skills and a strong desire to protect the safety and well-being of their fellow Canadians.

By rounding out our ranks with competent, highly trained security professionals of all ages and all walks of life, Commissionaires Ottawa has the resources to meet—and exceed—the unique security requirements of each and every client.

For more information on the 75-year history of Commissionaires Ottawa, we invite you to read the special 75th anniversary edition of Communiqué (PDF).

Commissionaires Ottawa won the Consumer Choice Award in 2013, 2014, and 2015

Our commitment to our clients and employees makes Commissionaires Ottawa second-to-none.

Commissionaires Ottawa has earned public recognition as a Market Leader, a repeat Consumer Choice Award winner and one of the largest private sector employers in the National Capital Region.

Thanks to the lowest turnover rate in the industry and our world-class training programs, our clients receive a consistent, reliable and stable security presence that is equipped to detect, deter or respond to post-9/11 security risks and threats.

Gone are the days when security guards were only assigned to watch elevators and doors.

Commissionaires Ottawa has innovated, diversified and expanded to meet a growing demand for more specialized security solutions such as digital fingerprinting, criminal record checks, non-core police services, workplace investigations, threat risk assessments, and more.

With cutting-edge technology at our fingertips and over 3,700 highly-trained professionals at your service, Commissionaires Ottawa has the expertise, experience and capacity to meet your ever-changing security requirements.