Dear CPIO Members and Industry Stakeholders:
On March 23, 2019, the Ontario Government ordered the mandatory closure of all non-essential workplaces as of Tuesday March 24, 2020, at 11:59 PM. The closure is to remain in effect for 14 days with the possibility of an extension.
The CPIO is committed to ensuring its members are up to date on the latest information that effects the industry. As such, the CPIO obtained a legal opinion from counsel which clearly sets out the opinion that private investigative services are deemed to be “essential workplaces”. We ask that you please review the enclosed opinion in its entirety. For those businesses who choose to remain open during this time, the Government has urged business owners to ensure measures are put in place to safeguard the well-being of its employees.
The CPIO is undoubtedly concerned about the impact this shutdown will have on our industry and understand that this will be a difficult time for employees, and employers within the private sector. We encourage you to reach out to us should you have any additional questions or concerns.
Brian M Sartorelli
President, Council of Professional Investigators of Ontario