Internet Domain Issue Could Affect Home Security Industry
One of the administrative arms of the Internet, ICANN (International Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers) is about to permit companies to register a new kind of Internet address replacing the standard “.com” with “.[fill in the blank].” These are called “generic TLDs” for “top level domains.” Examples include .insurance, .app, .jewelry, .search and .book, among others. Since last summer, companies have been invited by ICANN to apply for use of TLDs that might be specific and appropriate for their industries, companies, organizations, etc. Read full story

Stay on Top of Green Fees for Recycling Electronics
Many provinces have individual programs in place for recycling electronics. It is often called an "Environmental Handling Fee". Quebec is the latest province to add the fee when purchasing electronics. The items that are covered by the program vary slightly from province to province, based on what devices are recycled by the provincial recycling facilities. Read full story


Intrusion alarm calls made to Edmonton Police now subject to Enhanced Call Verification
In 2016, the Edmonton Police Service determined that 96 per cent of all reported intrusion alarms were false, resulting in an increased demand on police resources. As a result, all intrusion alarm calls made to the Edmonton Police Service are now subject of an Enhanced Call Verification (ECV) process. Read full story

Fines for False Alarms in Edmonton to Triple in 2013
Edmonton had more than 1,286 confirmed false fire alarms in 2012, the vast majority in commercial buildings. In an attempt to drive down that number, the city on January 1, 2013 will significantly increase fines for false alarms at commercial buildings. Read full story

St. Albert City Council Approves New Amendments to Alarm Systems Bylaw. Changes to Come Into Effect January 1, 2013
City Council approved amendments to the Alarm System Bylaw 25/2002 on September 24, 2012. The goal of the approved amendments is to reduce the number of false alarm calls and move towards more of a user-pay service. Read full story


Local 10-Digit Dialing Coming Soon to Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island
The Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) announced that starting in August 2014, 10-digit local dialing will be required for all local calls made in Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island. The CRTC also announced that a new area code, would be introduced in the province. Read full story

Adoption of the new C22.1-12 - Canadian Electrical Code in Nova Scotia
On May 1, 2012, the 2012 edition of the Canadian Electrical Code (CEC), Part 1, was adopted and now requires adherence within Nova Scotia as authorized by the Electrical Installation and Inspection Act and the associated Electrical Code Regulations. Read full story

Changes to the Building Code for Smoke Detectors in Nova Scotia
For new constructions, a smoke alarm is now required in each bedroom and each level of a house, as per the National Building Code (NBC) and they must be interconnected and must have battery backup. Read full story

Regulating Private Security in Nova Scotia - Update
In January 2007, the Nova Scotia Department of Justice published the Discussion Paper "Regulating Private Security in Nova Scotia" and requested industry stakeholders' input via questionnaire in the creation of new legislation to govern Nova Scotia's Private Security Industry. Questionnaire results were published in April 2007. Read full story 


Peel Regional Police - New Alarm Response Policy Effective July 1, 2014
Peel Regional Police will be implementing a Cost Recovery Program, in addition to the existing Suspension Program, to assist with the increased demands and costs in responding to false alarms and with the intention to further reduce false alarm dispatches to police. Read full story

New alarm verification strategy in Guelph means fees for Central Monitoring Stations
Commencing on March 1, 2014, Central Monitoring Stations servicing Guelph property owners’ premises will be required to verify alarm calls prior to requesting Guelph Police response. Read full story

Hamilton, Ontario to See Higher False Alarm Fees
The Hamilton Police Services Board has amended the false alarm by-law for the area which includes new fees. Read full story

Registration of newly installed alarms (bylaw compliance) in Hamilton
Hamilton Police Services (HPS) would like to remind all alarm providers that the Hamilton Police False Alarm Unit Bylaw states that all alarm providers shall advise HPS of all new customers as well as sending in the registration fees for the business or resident for the first year. Subsequent renewal of registration is the responsibility of the alarm user. This is not a new addition to the bylaw; the HPS would like to remind you that as an alarm provider you must understand and comply with the conditions of the existing by-law.

Requirement to Provide Alarm Company Identification Number and Name at Time of Dispatch (Dec. 19, 2012)
Effective January 1, 2013, Central Monitoring Stations are required to be registered with Toronto Police Service prior to requesting police response to an alarm signal. Read full story

Toronto Alarm Response Rate Increase – UPDATE (Jan. 29, 2010)
As communicated earlier this week, the Canadian Security Association (CANASA) had confirmed that the rates for false dispatches in the City of Toronto will be raised to $130 from $83.50. At that time there was a tentative effective date of February 1, 2010, to the fee increase. Read full story

City of Toronto Alarm Response Rate Increase (Jan. 25, 2010)
The Canadian Security Association has confirmed that the rates for false dispatches in the City of Toronto will be raised to $130 from $83.50 with a tentative effective date of February 1, 2010. Read full story


ULC Presents  changes for S302
Together with CANASA, Louis-Philippe Gagnon from ULC presented in Montreal and Québec cities, the recent amendments to the S303 Norm-regarding intrusion. To download the French presentation please click here.

Changes coming to Régie du bâtiment du Québec (RBQ) bonds
Coverage required for RBQ bonds for both specialized contractors and general contractors is being adjusted as of September 18, 2016. More details to follow.

Bureau de la sécurité privée – New Subcategories in Electronic Security Systems
The Bureau de la sécurité privée has revised the licence which now allows for new subcategories for the agent license in electronic security systems. Read full story

Bill 88 (Private Security Act) - Registration for permits starts July 22, 2010
As you may already know, in 1996, the Québec government, through the Department of Public Security, decided to legislate the private security industry in the province of Québec. More than four years after its adoption, Bill 88 (Private Security Act) has now been ratified and will be put in application in its entirety on July 22, 2010, as officially announced in the Gazette officielle du Québec on July 7, 2010. Read full story

Stepping up Efforts to Ensure the Integrity of the Private Security Industry in Quebec
The Bureau de la sécurité privée (BSP) is stepping up its efforts to ensure the integrity and competence of companies and individuals working in the private security sector. The Bureau has added more resources to its inspection department to ensure that all players in the industry hold a proper licence and thus exercise their profession legally. The BSP is also launching a campaign to raise awareness about the importance of asking for a BSP permit to ensure that you are doing business with certified professionals. Read full story


How to apply for an electrical permit from Manitoba Hydro Permit Account
To save the trouble of having to mail Hydro a cheque every time you apply for a permit open a Permit Account with them. You will need your Permit Account number in order to complete permits. Read full story

Low Voltage Permit Guidelines
Clarification of the low voltage permit guidelines and presentation on Combustible Penetration and Plenum Cables. Read full story

Electrical Permits for Alarm Installations
When are electrical permits for alarm installations required in Manitoba? Read full story

UPDATE – Local 10-digit dialing coming soon to Manitoba and Saskatchewan
Manitoba and Saskatchewan residents will soon be required to dial 10 digits (the area code followed by the seven-digit phone number) for all local calls. Security services that utilize the telephone network in these provinces will need to fulfill a number of requirements before the implementation date to ensure that transmission of data (such as alarm signals) will not be interrupted. Read full story