Why not incentivize all security companies to hire Veterans?
The choice which has been in the hands of Commissionaires for the last eight decades (“do we want this work?”) properly belongs to Veterans themselves.
Commissionaires does not have a monopoly on being a good employer to Veterans. Multiple Canadian security companies now offer employment and career development opportunities to Veterans at competitive rates and have ‘Veteran preferred’ hiring policies.
Rather than giving one private security company the RFR, why not incentivize all Canadian security companies to hire Veterans?
The Government of Canada will be putting in place a National Veterans Employment Strategy, with a goal of ensuring all Veterans find meaningful work on release from the Canadian Armed Forces, leveraging skills and qualifications acquired while in service. Part of this strategy should be updating the RFR to give them more options and opportunities.
By opening up Government of Canada contracts for guard services and allowing all Canadian security companies to bid in a transparent, equitable contracting process, the Government will be putting choices and opportunities into the hands of Veterans themselves, where they belong.