At midnight, the Shand family’s eight-year wait will come to an end.

In 1999, Patrick Shand was accidentally killed during a violent scuffle with Loblaws employees after he was caught shoplifting baby formula.

An inquest was launched into his death in 2004, which resulted in 22 recommendations to reform the loosely regulated security industry in the province. Tomorrow, those recommendations will finally come into effect in the Private Security and Investigative Services Act.


The act will require all security officers, bouncers, and private investigators be licensed through the province after passing a range of standardized testing.

Half unregulated

  • Prior to this, about half of the 50,000 individuals employed in the security industry did not fall under any regulation.