Contemporary Security Canada has posted job openings for security screeners, who will be using metal detectors to vet people going into the security perimeters in Toronto and Huntsville.
Guards are expected to work from June 15 to June 28, clocking as many as 120 hours.
“They’re going to be an augmentation to the security staff,” said Sgt. Michele Paradis of the summits’ Integrated Security Unit.
Meanwhile, a director with a Toronto security firm said a work order has been distributed that requires security guards be posted at GO Transit stations “all across the line.”
GO spokesperson Vanessa Thomson said the service is looking to hire security for the summit, but declined to discuss details because it “could compromise the safety and security of our customers.”
“GO Transit is taking reasonable steps to ensure the movement of our customers as best as possible,” she said.
None of the CSC guards will be carrying weapons and they will always be working alongside police officers, Paradis said.
Details of the guards’ specific tasks haven’t been released yet, but they will mainly be used as screeners at checkpoints, entrance gates and other busy locations, she said.
“It’s much the same way (private guards) were used at the Olympics,” she said.
In fact, CSC was in charge of 90 per cent of the Vancouver Olympics security screening staff who x-rayed bags and performed security checks as spectators entered the venues.
The firm received 11,236 applications for the Olympic gig and many of the 5,000 jobs went to students, First Nations and retired police and military personnel.
All staff hired to work the summits must have an Ontario Security Guard licence and pass mandatory training, the CSC job posting said.
The full-time gig pays $20-24 an hour. Accommodation, transportation, uniforms and most meals will be provided.
The company is holding interviews at the Humber College School of Creative and Performing Arts from now until June 7.