Montreal is a beautiful European-esque city unique from any other city in North America. It’s a melting pot of cultures, cuisines and languages with some of its oldest buildings and cobblestone roads dating back to the 1600’s.
When it comes to hiring a private investigator in Montreal it can often times feel like an overwhelming and daunting task. Whenever a non-Quebec based company is in need of investigative work to be conducted in Montreal they are often surprised to find such drastic differences in its laws, language and operating procedures.
Here’s a quick worry-free guide to understanding and hiring a private investigator in Montreal.
- As of July 22, 2010 all investigation and security firms operating in Montreal and the province of Quebec must hold a valid agency license granted by the Bureau de la sécurité privée. There’s no exception to this rule. Hiring a non-licensed firm can result in hefty fines and cases being thrown out of court.
- French is the primary language in Quebec. If English is your language of preference always make sure to request contracts, reports and communications in English prior to commencing work.
- Quebec has strict privacy laws. Unlike in the U.S. where investigators have access to Data Brokers or Info-Brokers (companies that collect personal information about consumers from a variety of public and non-public sources and resell the information to other companies) This is not permitted here. Open-Source data portals like The Canadian Private Investigators Resource Center are allowed as it does not fall under the Personal Information Protection and Electronics Document Act (PIPEDA).
- Montreal is one of the few cities where it is illegal for vehicles to turn right at red traffic lights. When combining no right on red, heavy Montreal traffic, road detours due to ongoing construction and not to mention the predictable winter snow storms this can prove to be very challenging to investigators conducting surveillance in the city. Thus more often than not a Montreal private investigator will often times recommend 2 surveillance agents for better results.
If you have any investigation case to be conducted in Montreal please do not hesitate to contact us. Consultations are always free!
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