6 Common Questions for Private Investigators in Ontario


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Hiring a private investigation agency for the first time can be stressful as many people have a lot of questions and concerns. With our latest blog post, we cover 6 of the most common questions we get asked by our clients. If you have questions for us, please email or call and we’ll be happy to answer any and all of them for you.

Do Private Investigators Need a License?

Yes, in order to work as a private investigator in Canada, including Ontario, one must hold a valid license and be affiliated with a licensed agency. When hiring a private investigator, it is important to ask for their identification and ensure that they are representing a licensed agency. The license should be visible for review and inspection at the agency’s office.

Is It Legal for a Private Investigator to Follow Someone?

Yes, within the bounds of the law, a private investigator can legally follow someone. However, it is important to hire a qualified expert who knows where to draw the line and avoid crossing boundaries. At Haywood Hunt & Associates, Inc., our team of surveillance investigators have decades of experience in both the public and private sectors.

Can a Private Investigator Obtain Someone’s Phone Records or Text Messages?

No, due to privacy restrictions in Canada, private investigators cannot seek out or obtain cell phone records. Our agency complies with all Canadian government rules and respects individuals’ privacy rights. We use other legal methods, such as surveillance, to obtain relevant information for a case.

Can Evidence Obtained by a Private Investigator Be Used in Court?

Yes, licensed Canadian private investigators can collect and present admissible evidence in court, which can extremely valuable for prosecutors and defendants. Private investigators should know how to collect and preserve evidence while preventing contamination. The six core steps for containing evidence are collect, secure, preserve, identify, ensure continuity, and log.

Is It Legal for a Private Investigator to Use a GPS on Someone’s Vehicle?

While there is no law against purchasing or owning a GPS device, there are strict laws regarding their usage. If a GPS device is used inappropriately, you may be subject to fines and penalties. At Haywood Hunt & Associates, Inc., we do not rent out GPS devices to the public and only use them under lawful circumstances for select investigation files.

What Can I Expect During a Free Consultation with the Haywood Hunt Team?

We take pride in offering a free initial consultation and invite you to our head office for a private discussion about your situation. Our caring team will draft a solid plan of action and discuss costs and options specific to your case. We work with your budget and provide transparent fees and investigative packages. If you choose to retain our agency, we will provide everything in writing, and we guarantee confidentiality. Our office is equipped with a comfortable and private boardroom, complimentary beverages, and entertainment for children. You are welcome to bring a friend, colleague, or family member for additional support.

If you have any questions for us or if you’re in need of private investigations services in Toronto, the GTA or all of Ontario, our team of investigators is here to help! Contact us at Haywood Hunt & Associates today.

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