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    Hey I was just wondering if anyone on here works for or used to work for the Canadian Corps of Commissionaires. I have been considering applying to them as I have heard that they pay fairly well. Currently I find myself working for minimum wage a lot and would desperately love to start to get paid better money for the work I put in. Any and all input on this company would be appreciated.

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    Well, in my area, the Commissionaires aren't very high-paid or even well managed. But they don't have any good sites in the Kelowna area.

    My suggestion, if you want decent money, is to hunt down either a government regulated form of security (airport screening) or go work for a proprietary security department (casino). The pay is usually considerably higher, the job is usually better managed, and far more stable (in my experiences, at least).

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    • #3
      I don't know what they pay but they have some big contracts in Montreal including most of the federal government buildings. They are not as easy to spot anymore because they now sometimes wear uniforms supplied by the contract they are working at. For example they work at Trudeau International Airport but wear uniforms from Aéoports de Montréal. Same thing at Concordia University.

      Another change is that they now hire anyone. In the old days they only hired ex-military & RCMP members,

      I belueve they still have the right of first refusal for any federal government contract.
      I enforce rules and regulations, not laws.
      Security Officers. The 1st First Responders.

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      • #4
        I have been told that the minimum that they will pay is $14 an hour, I currently end up working sites that are $8-$10 which is why I am interested. I don't however have any real proof that this $14 an hour minimum is true it is only rumor as far as I am concerned. I will however look into airport security as that would likely be VERY well run around here!

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        • #5
          Originally posted by Cactus View Post
          I have been told that the minimum that they will pay is $14 an hour, I currently end up working sites that are $8-$10 which is why I am interested. I don't however have any real proof that this $14 an hour minimum is true it is only rumor as far as I am concerned. I will however look into airport security as that would likely be VERY well run around here!
          I currently do airport security. The pay starts out relatively low ($12.45/hr) but as you undergo job-specific training, your pay increases to $16.25 or more.

          A word of warning, though. It's all government regulated. So, everything you can and cannot do is strictly determined. As such, it's very different from most security. For example, you do not ever physically touch a customer unless you're doing a pat-down search. You don't break up fights, and you don't evict people.

          But you do search people and their belongings. You also restrict access to special areas to people who are authorized to go there. The good thing is, you're always doing something. I know that sometimes in security, you aren't always doing something. It's not something that I'd do forever, but I'd definitely recommend it for people who're working towards something bigger.

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          • #6
            I was a Commisionaire in Winnipeg before I moved to the states. We did parking enforcement and that was it. the pay was decent, I made 15 an hour. Only thing that sucked was Winnipeg weather. Man did it get cold and the little sidekicks we drove sucked in the snow.
            Wisdom - Having a lot to say, but knowing when to keep it to yourself.

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            • #7
              Go to one of the ASIS or CSIS (somewhat) monthly meetings, there are usually a few Commissionaires there. I took the CPP study group with a few members, some good people in management there.

              Apply anyway, the practice at interviews is always a good thing.
              Quote me as saying I was mis-quoted.
              Groucho Marx

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