500 security officers wanted for the G7

News 22 March, 2018
  • Martin Lavoie

    Thursday, 22 march, 2018 00:00

    Thursday, 22 march, 2018 00:00

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    While a shortage of “catastrophic” labour hits Quebec, a challenge awaits the private security company that needs to recruit over 500 officers for the G7 Summit, on 8 and 9 June, in La Malbaie.

    The firm of commission Agents in Quebec are posted directly on the home page of its website for the recruitment of security officers for the G7. Questioned about this, the company has redirected the questions in the Journal to the RCMP.

    A page on Facebook independent, another ad of the firm is taken over with a message stating that ” Commissionaires Quebec is in need of 500 agents for the G7 […] in Québec, in the Charlevoix and Saguenay. “

    Another offer of the company mentioned that some agents could enter in service in march, according to the assignment the training could be paid and that it is possible to obtain a temporary permit from the Bureau de la sécurité privée (BSP).

    Shortage ” catastrophic “

    “If it is true that it takes about 500 security officers, there is not one company alone that is capable of it,” says Martin Sirois of the company Security Sirois.

    “Are they going to do coming from agents ? We are working with them [the Commissioners] to the occasion. In the field, we no longer have the choice of helping us out. We can deploy the greatest number of agents at Quebec, but there has been no call yet from them, ” added Mr. Sirois.

    The contractor describes as “critical” the shortage of labour in his industry. “I did an event last year which cost me 75 000 $ in my pockets in extra time, even if I had made a call for five sub-contractors. What we saw, it is a disaster. “

    Mr. Scott points the finger at the training for obtaining an agent licence. The cost of 700 to 800 $ would eliminate from the outset the students.

    In Quebec City

    For the moment, the approach of the event has not created a rush to Quebec

    “We are waiting with some government agencies, but otherwise we have not had requests here in anticipation of the G7. But if it happens another thing of major at Quebec, in addition to this event, there will be problems somewhere “, he says.