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Canada's Elite Team of Corporate Private Investigators

Your Full Service Private Investigation Agency Serving Toronto, the GTA & All of Ontario.

We are Fully Licensed, Insured & Bonded. 100% Confidentiality Guaranteed.

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Specializing in Corporate & Fraud Investigations

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FRAUD INVESTIGATIONS

When allegations of criminal or other insider misconduct arise, an organization must understand the cause and the extent of the likely repercussions so that it can respond appropriately and expeditiously. Haywood Hunt and Associates Inc. understands this and is uniquely positioned to help.

WORKPLACE & WSIB INVESTIGATIONS

Effective Workplace Investigations dissuade employees from initializing lawsuits and minimize the risk of liability after a lawsuit is filed. Employers who do not ensure that a properly trained and qualified professional conducts a prompt, thorough and objective investigation, places the organization at risk.

BACKGROUND SCREENING

Navigating the complexities of today’s ever-changing landscape of new business on-takings or just overall human interaction, presents most of us with so many unknowns. Whether it is a new business partnership(s) or a new business opportunity, a thoroughly vetted and properly navigated background screening investigation can provide you and or your business with some much needed clarity.

COVID-19 EMPLOYEE COMPLIANCE INVESTIGATIONS

With the coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic still raging across Ontario and all of Canada, it is more important than ever for businesses to follow government health guidelines. 

Many businesses have made the decision to allow employees to work remotely, doing there part to help flatten the curve. Although this has been of great importance for the greater public health, it poses a whole new set of challenges for employers. Is the employee actually working at home or are they out do errands during company time? Is your delivery staff following proper protocols while on route? If you have any questions or concerns, we can help.

MERGERS & ACQUISITIONS

A corporate merger involves so much more than just a handshake. It involves a pristine steadfast approach to fact finding and cross-examination of crucial and key information. Our licensed Private Investigators are able to offer your organization the due-diligence needed in order to obtain the necessary intelligence. Haywood | Hunt & Associates will craft a unique program for your specific business needs. Some of the services Haywood | Hunt | Associates can offer your corporation include, but not limited to, Executive Profiling, Surveillance of Key Personnel, Undercover Assignments, Personnel Interviews, etc.

H.R. SERVICES

Haywood | Hunt & Associates offers Human Resource Services which are commonly used as a hybrid with existing HR Personnel or HR Management. Our solution driven services can provide Pre-Employment and Promotional Screening, a thorough Background Investigation, Competitive Intelligence and violations of Non-Competitive Agreements, Surveillance of Staff, as well as Workplace Investigations. 

CONSULTING SERVICES

Our unique consulting services is specifically designed to be customized, flexible, timely, and unique to your needs. Allow our experienced Investigators, Managers, and Associates to compile a unique program specifically designed around your problems, and created to match the unique qualities of your organization. Our team can support with a variety of consulting services including program development, determining program effectiveness, and assist in policy development. We consult with your team to create the best solution for your unique needs. 

OSINT | SOCIAL MEDIA INVESTIGATIONS

At Haywood Hunt, we utilize the full depth of open source digital information, with it’s ever expanding sources, methods and wealth of valuable data. We employ the top recognized & accomplished OSINT investigators in the nation, including senior ex-law enforcement intelligence officials and senior ex-military intelligence experts.

OSINT or Open Sources for Intelligence is a vast, complex and ever changing network, which involves traditional media, web-based communities and social networks (ie. Facebook, Twitter etc), public data, professional and academic digital sources, geospatial methods and the deep web.

SKIP TRACING INVESTIGATIONS

Skip tracing in Canada is one of the private investigation services offered by Haywood Hunt. We have a full division of highly experienced Skip Tracers who’s primary function is to attend to this specialized investigative service. Unlike other firms out there we DO NOT contract out these services. Our experienced skip tracers can find hidden assets, locate a person, and trace a debtor anywhere in Canada and at times abroad. 

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Criminal Investigations | Civil Investigations | Corporate Investigations | Workplace Investigations | Insurance Investigations | Cheating Spouse Investigations | OSINT Investigations | Surveillance Services | Risk Management | Undercover Investigations | Missing Persons | Cold Case Review | Consulting Services

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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

In order to hire a Private Investigator you need to ensure they are representing or attached to a Licensed Private Investigation Agency and not just have a Private Investigator licence. Any reputable Private investigator will have the knowledge to carry out many types of investigative undertakings. Surveillance is one of the most requested services in our industry many Private Investigation Agencies offer this service , but only a handful really have the experience and know-how to execute properly and effectively. A reputable Private Investigator will always have a solid investigative work history. Being Licensed is one thing, but knowing how to attend to most investigation is a craft and can have huge legal recourse if not handled accordingly. Make sure who ever you hire can back up their resume. Just because someone is a licensed investigator does not mean they know how to investigate. 

NOTE: A google review is a great indicator, but make sure you always look a little deeper and at times read between the lines on some of these. A knowledgeable and respected Private Investigator will know how to shepherd any investigation accordingly in search of providing their clients clarity to unknown answers or a conclusion to any quandary they may be experiencing. Do your homework before you engage any Private Investigator – Investigation Agency as there are good ones, great ones and the ones you should be running the other way from.

As the saying goes “cheaper is not always better”, and that statement holds true within the Investigative industry. As you probably have noticed, there are a lot of Private Investigation Agencies within Toronto and throughout the GTA and Province of Ontario. When it comes to cost, it varies greatly.

The main question is “what are you paying for?” Is it Surveillance Services, Corporate Fraud Investigation, locating a person or persons, undercover operations? Whatever the service request, it is imperative that you make sure you hire a reputable agency and not just the cheapest entity out there. In this industry, when you pay a cheap fee for anything it is usually because corners have been cut or that they are inexperienced and not as qualified as they put themselves out to be.

For example, conducting a Fraud Investigation is not as simple as some may think. It is important to note that there are a handful of Private Investigation Agencies offering this type of service that do not possess the necessary skill set, qualifications or experience to do so. The same plays out for Surveillance Services, simply following someone does not make you a qualified or skilled Surveillance Investigator. There is a lot more that goes in to a Surveillance Investigation.

Do your homework on who you are thinking about hiring. Ask them their backgrounds, meet with them at one of their offices, ask to see their license to get a good feel of their professionalism and go from there. At Haywood Hunt and Associates we pride ourselves on being subject matter experts within certain areas and employ some of the nations most reputable and qualified Investigators. All of our Investigative rates and packages are very competitive and within industry standards.

To work as a Private Investigator in Ontario and throughout Canada, you must have a valid licence and be attached to a valid licensed agency to work as a Private Investigator. Ask who ever you hire to present you with the appropriate Identification and also ensure they are representing a Licensed Agency. Attend the office and the licence should be visible for your review and inspection.

Yes. A private investigator can legally follow someone within the normal confines of the law. A skilled and properly trained private investigator will know where to draw the line and where not to tread. Make sure you hire a qualified expert and not someone posing as one. Our team of surveillance investigators are experts with several decades of surveillance experience both in the public and private sectors.

The key word is legal. If you hire a qualified team of knowledgable, professional investigators like those employed with our agency you should never encounter anything that would be deemed as illegal or unethical.

Because of privacy restrictions in place that protects those who are living in or visiting Canada, it is not legal for private investigators to seek out or obtain cell phone records. Haywood Hunt & Associates, Inc. complies to all rules set by the Canadian government and respects every individual’s right to privacy. What we can do is to use other legal methods to obtain information that can be useful for the case. These methods may involve surveillance services or fraud investigations.

At times, Private Investigators may be called upon to present evidence obtained throughout the course of their investigation. It is imperative they keep detailed notes and utilize legal and ethical methods to obtain any and all evidence. Our team of investigators have presented evidence many times throughout their decorated careers; you are in good hands with us.

All Private investigators must work within the legal perimeters of our Canadian Privacy Laws such as the Personal Information Protection and Electronic Documents Act “PIPEDA”. This act governs the use, collection, and disclosure of client data. Private investigators that are working for a reputable Private Investigation Agency will be professional, discreet, and respectful of this act as well as other rights of private individuals. Be very cautious who you hire and always ensure that they are reputable and are safeguarding your information and any and all information obtained through out the coarse of the investigation accordingly.

Any ethical and professional Private Investigation Agency you hire is not at liberty to share any of your information to anyone without your full consent. However, there are at times, very rare circumstances that can arise in which a court order can request that the investigation agency forward investigation details. Make sure you obtain as much clarity of certain possibilities like this one.

Even though there is no law against purchasing a GPS device or for owning a GPS device, it is important to note that there are a number of very serious laws regarding the utilization of  them. If a GPS device is used inappropriately, or if you cannot prove that it was not used inappropriately, it is very possible that you may be subject to the same laws, fines, and penalties as any common criminal. We do not ever rent out our GPS devices to the general public as you can simply purchase your own for a very reasonable cost and save some money. We also only utilize them under lawful circumstances and on very select investigation files.

The Ministry of the Solicitor General regulates Ontario’s Private Security Industry, which includes all Private Investigators and Agencies, all Security Guards and registry employees that directly employ in-house security staff. Haywood Hunt & Associates Inc. is a fully licensed Ontario Private Investigation Agency through the Ministry of the Solicitor General.

At Haywood Hunt and Associates we take great pride in offering a free initial consultation. We invite you to attend our Head Office in order to meet and discuss in private, your situation.
 
We understand how hard it can be and our empathetic and caring team has helped thousands of people or businesses just like you. We will draft out a solid plan of action and discuss costs and optics associated to your specific situation. We will do our very best to work with your budget and all of our fees and investigative packages are clearly mapped out so, you won’t get any surprises, just clear, honest and above all, transparency; that is the Haywood Hunt approach.
 
If you choose to retain our agency, you will receive everything in writing, no tricks or misleading scenarios happen here, we guarantee you that.  Our office is equipped with a comfortable, professional and most importantly, private boardroom in which we offer complimentary coffee, juice, pop and water. 
 
We also welcome you to bring along a friend, work colleague or a family member for additional support. If you have children, we invite you to bring them too as our Head Office has a large and colourful fish tank, which can provide some fun and entertainment as they wait. We also provide iPads that are equipped with several puzzle and gaming apps for their enjoyment. We want you to always feel welcome, safe and comfortable when you meet with our team and do note that we always assure you the very strictest of confidentiality. 
 
Note: We are not a Law Firm and can not offer legal advice, but we can definitely provide investigative feedback and steer you in the right direction of a good lawyer if that is what we collectively feel is needed rather then the services of a Private Investigator – Investigation Agency.
 
Our team looks forward to meeting with you.

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