Careers in the Field of Investigation & Enforcement
Graduates of the Investigation and Enforcement Skills Certificate Program have gone on to careers as provincial government investigators and private investigators. There are a number of professionals who work for government (municipal, provincial and federal), crown corporations, professional associations and in private industry who monitor for compliance, conduct inspections and investigations, and perform some enforcement functions.
In British Columbia there are in excess of thirty government and quasi-government agencies. Examples include:
- BC Gaming Policy and Enforcement Branch
- BC Securities Commission
- Commercial Transport Inspectors
- Conservation Officers
- Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations
- Ministry of Social Development and Social Innovation
- Provincial Government Fraud Investigators
For information on positions within the BC government, check the government postings website.
Many federal bodies have staff whose role it is to monitor public and private agencies to ensure compliance with various legal statutes. Examples include Canada Border Services, Canada Coast Guard, Department of Fisheries and Oceans, and Transportation Safety Board Inspectors. For information on positions within the federal government, check the federal government postings website.
At the local level, the majority of municipalities have staff who investigate offences ranging from building code violations to unlicensed businesses.
Most large professional associations have professional investigators on staff to investigate alleged breaches of professional standards and public complaints. Examples include:
- BC Medical Association
- BC Law Society
- BC Teachers Federation
Many large corporations will have full time investigators on staff that are responsible for internal security issues, loss prevention (shoplifting) and complex fraud investigations.
Further information regarding the Private Investigators' industry can be found via the Private Investigators' of BC website.
Private Investigators working in BC, must be licensed by the Ministry of Justice, Policing and Security Programs Branch. For specific details on licensing, please visit the Security Industry and Licensing webpage.
Last updated November 5, 2014