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Discover more about private investigators capability, employment and regulations in British Columbia.

Discover more about private investigators capability, employment and regulations in British Columbia.

ICS provides a full range of private investigator services conducted by licensed British Columbia Private Investigators. ICS is a full service private investigation agency available 24 hours a day including holidays. When you need a private investigator in British Columbia, turn to the professionals at ICS and begin your investigation with a free consultation online or by calling (888) 223-6494.

Local British Columbia Private Investigator

ICS provides a full range of investigations services for the City of British Columbia and all surrounding metropolitan areas. Submit a free online private investigation consultation form, or call our toll free number to speak to a private investigator at (800) 828-9198.

A private investigator in British Columbia must become licensed under the British Columbia Ministry of Public Safety and Solicitor General along with 2400 hours experience being supervised by another licensed private investigator.

You can rest assured that any British Columbia Private Investigator assigned to your case with ICS are fully licensed and insured in accordance with British Columbia laws and participates in any required continuing education.

Private Investigator in British Columbia

The westernmost province of Canada, British Columbia is the 3rd most populous with 4.4 million people, and the 5th largest in terms of total area. More than half of the province’s population resides in the Greater Vancouver area, the third-largest metropolitan area in the nation and the second-largest in the entire Pacific Northwest, including Oregon and Washington. British Columbia is the endpoint of many of the transcontinental railways as well as the home to several international ports, making it a hub for international trade and commerce. Its natural resources are its main export, but Vancouver is known as Hollywood North as it is the third-largest film production region in the world, behind Los Angeles and New York City. Crime rates in Canada are determined using the Crime Severity Index (“CSI”), which measures both the seriousness – determined by harshness of sentencing – and the volume of crimes reported. British Columbia ranked third highest on the CSI in 2011, and is among the worst in drug offenses, but among the best in homicide rates. With such a high CSI, however, it is evident that there is a great deal of investigative work to be done. By hiring a private investigator such as those licensed in the ICS global network, you can be sure that a highly skilled, experienced professional is dedicated to your case around the clock.

How to become a Private Investigator in British Columbia

  1. Must be a High school Graduate or equivalent
  2. Take an approved private investigator course from the Justice Institute of British Columbia and the Focus Training Institute for the required education.
  3. Apply for a B.C. Security Worker License and conduct investigation under supervision of a licensed private investigator.
  4. Obtain 2400 hours of field experience within 2-4 years.
  5. Apply for a full Security Worker License along with proof of experience.

British Columbia Private Investigator Restrictions

In order to conduct private investigations in British Columbia, all private investigators must comply with local and federal laws.

  • Impersonate Law Enforcement - Private Investigators in British Columbia cannot carry a badge, wear a uniform or say anything that might imply that the private investigator is a police officer or federal agent.
  • Make an Arrest - Private Investigators in British Columbia cannot legally make an arrest. If there is evidence that suggests an arrest should be made the investigator should contact law enforcement.
  • Wiretapping - Wiretapping is illegal without a proper warrant. Private Investigators cannot tap a phone.
  • Trespassing - Private Investigators cannot break and enter onto private property.

British Columbia Background Investigation

Do you live in British Columbia and need a background investigation on someone? Are you in British Columbia but need a background investigation on someone outside of BC? Background Investigations are useful tools private investigators can provide for their clients that can uncover a wealth of information. However, in some investigations a background check is just a starting point to a march more in depth investigation. Regardless of your needs, ICS can help. International Counterintelligence Services has been providing background investigation services in British Columbia and elsewhere since 1967. To learn more about how ICS can help you with your background investigation, contact us and speak with a private investigator today.

British Columbia Divorce Investigation

Are you going through a divorce in British Columbia? Are you about to go through a divorce in British Columbia but need a way to gather evidence to support your claims in court? ICS has been helping clients with divorce investigations since 1967. If your about to go through a divorce, make sure you have all the evidence you need to back up your case in court. Divorces are usually messy and can only get more complicated with money, assets and children are involved. ICS can gather evidence that will be admissible in court to support Alimony claims, child custody as well as asset distribution. Don't let yourself be taken advantage of. Call ICS and have a licensed private investigator review your case, and see how we can help you with your investigation today.

Locate a birth Parent in British Columbia

Have you made the decision to locate your birth parent and believe they may be in British Columbia? Are you in British Columbia but need help finding your birth parents you assume to be elsewhere? Finding your birth parent is never an easy thing to do and can be increasingly more difficult as legal bureaucracy, person emotions and other factors interfere. If you have made the decision to find your birth parent and get the answers to your questions your looking for then contact ICS. International Counterintelligence Services has been providing Birth Parent Locate investigations in BC and elsewhere since 1967. We have the experience, knowledge and resources to reunite you with your biological birth parent. To learn more about birth parent locate investigations call us and speak with a licensed private investigator who will give you a free consultation to see how we can help you with your birth parent locate investigation.

Private Investigation Cases Map for in British Columbia

Case Studies

  • Overseas Lost Person

    Private Investigator finds a lost person in an overseas country 01/24/2019

  • Locate Lost Person

    ICS was contacted in an attempt to locate a Subject that had been in a 3-year relationship with the Client. 01/17/2019

  • Child Custody Exchange

    ICS was contacted in an attempt to have an Investigator on site to witness the exchange of a child from father to mother. Due to the legality of the exchange, a verified witness was required by the Client to document a proper exchange to negate... 01/08/2019

  • Case Study: Infidelity investigation in a Resort City Like Dubai

    ICS was contacted by a Client in an attempt to verify if her spouse was engaging in acts of Infidelity while on a stay in a city much like Dubai. Investigators were dispatched. We had boot on the ground in the resort and reserved their stay. In... 10/01/2018

  • Case Study: Due Diligence investigation helps business move forward with new investors.

    The private investigator for ICS helped our client make informed decisions about their potential investigators. With this case study the efforts made by ICS thwarted the clients suspicion and made for better business dealing. 09/20/2018

Paper and Press Releases

  • Join our team of Qualified Parties

    There is simply no agency with an international footprint that takes better care of its private investigator talent. "Our solution is simple, take care of you like our own!" -Michael Rabern 08/29/2018

  • Teen Cyber Bullying

    Cyberbullying has become increasingly common, with the increased use of communication technology, especially among teenagers.

  • Cellphone Spyware

    Cellular Spyware is basically "phone surveillance". It is an app that has usually been installed by a third party on a cell phone that allows them to listen to or record conversations, track location and monitor all the data of the cell phone that... 12/07/2015

  • Workers Compensation Fraud

    Worker's compensation programs are compensation plans for the victims of all job-related injuries.  When an employee gets hurt on the job, the employer is liable for medical expenses, lost income and other expenses until the employee has healed... 12/07/2015

  • ICS Will Not Do Cheating Decoy Investigations

    International Counterintelligence Services (“ICS”), a leader in the private investigations industry takes a strong stand against Cheating Decoy Investigations. 12/07/2015

Local Associations and Important Resources for British Columbia

About British Columbia


Recent Investigation Inquiries

Origin Investigation Location Case Type
Victoria, British Columbia British Columbia Divorce Investigation
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Unkown, British Columbia British Columbia Other Private Investigator Case
Vancuber, British Columbia British Columbia Other Private Investigator Case
New York, New York British Columbia Background Checks
West Kelowna, British Columbia British Columbia Internet Cyber Bullying
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania British Columbia Background Investigation (Pre-Marital or Pre-nuptial)

Jurisdictional, Licensing, and Regulation Concerns

Licensing requirements in British Columbia change from region to region.  Contact our office for details.

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