The first step in joining the City’s Corporate Security team is to apply via the City’s job portal. Once you have applied, find out more about next steps and what to expect at recruitment events below.

Applicants who are selected to proceed will be contacted to complete a written assessment. Note that only the applicants who have already applied, are selected, and pass this step will be contacted to attend an in-person hiring event.

In-person recruitment events take place at Metro Hall, located at 55 John St, Toronto, ON. These events offer a chance to meet and interact with Corporate Security staff in a team environment while completing the required assessments. Applicants should wear athletic clothing appropriate for physical activity in order to participate in the physical assessment. Applicants must pass each assessment to move on to the next step.


Please arrive at least 15 minutes before your scheduled start time. Applicants must check in and provide proof of a valid Ontario Guard License and first aid + CPR certificate. Please register with the same legal name and email address that you used in your City of Toronto application.

Physical Assessment

Applicants must complete a 20 meter Leger Shuttle Run (sometimes referred to as a ‘beep test’). Watch the Corporate Security Guard Physical Abilities Test (CSGPAT) video for more information and examples.

All applicants must fill out the PAR-Q+ form before the shuttle run. If an applicant answers yes to any of the questions, they will then have to fill out the physician clearance form and get it approved by their doctor.

Recommended Fitness Level for Applicants

Based on past applicant performance, applicants who are successful in the fitness assessment are generally able to meet the following criteria.

  • No known heart or lung problems
  • No known bone or joint disorders
  • No history of back problems
  • Able to perform a one mile run in 12 minutes or less
  • Able to do 25 push-ups consecutively
  • Able to perform 50 bent leg sit-ups in consecutive order
  • Able to complete basic footwork movement and coordination, such as balancing on the balls of your feet with a slight bend at the knees, and being able to smoothly move forward and back, and side to side, including pivoting on one foot from left or right.

Physical Assessment Accommodations

Disability-related accommodation during the application process is available. The fitness assessment is a bona fide job requirement meaning it is required to do your work safely, however, should an applicant require Code-protected accommodation through any stage of the recruitment process, please make that known when contacted and we will work with you to meet your needs. Learn more about the City’s Hiring Policies and Accommodation Process.

Scenario Response Assessment

Role playing exercise to see how you react in security related incidents.

In-Person Interview

If you were successful in the previous stages, you will be invited for an in-person interview. In-person interviews may take place on the same day as in-person hiring events or be scheduled for later dates.

Interviews usually take place at Metro Hall, located at 55 John St, Toronto, ON. Please arrive 15 minutes before your individual scheduled appointment.

Online Proctored Legal Assessment

Applicants must answer 25 to 35 questions. The minimum pass rate for all City of Toronto, Corporate Security tests/assessments is 70 per cent. Applicants are recommended to review the security guard study guide in advance.

A minimum of three professional references are required. Please make every effort to communicate with your references to respond to Corporate Security Teams’ emails and calls promptly and mention that they will be required to participate in a live video or audio call with a recruiter. If one of your references does not respond, the applicant will be asked to provide additional references. If your reference is unable to participate in a video call, please find a different reference that will be willing to participate.

Note that your professional references can only be a present and former management or supervisory person who has worked closely with you, directly observed your work performance, and was responsible for assigning you work within the last seven years, as well as evaluating your performance, including providing you corrective measures. Close family, friends, coworkers, classmates, and professors cannot serve as work references for these positions.

Successful applicants accept and return the signed job offer to the City.

Successful applicants are required to attend training Monday to Friday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Participation may be required on the weekends if there is an operational need to expedite the training. All days must be attended.