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The capital of Canada’s ocean playground, Halifax is a bustling seaside metropolis well-suited to a variety of lifestyles and everyday needs. With a large population along with the city of Dartmouth just one bridge away, it’s a place full of opportunities – both good and bad. Many Haligonians trust in The Smith Investigation Agency Inc. to address concerns surrounding their workplace, employees, loved ones, and their own welfare. With the assistance of a Halifax-based private investigator, we can help you determine the truth through fact-based reporting. Combined with our history of service excellence and A+ accreditation through the Better Business Bureau, you get the most discreet and professional investigative services around.

What Do We Investigate?


Corporate & Legal

Suspicious and inappropriate behaviour happens in any business. However, that doesn’t mean you need to be stuck in a difficult situation and face it alone. If you need expert private investigative services, turn to the team of experts at The Smith Investigation Agency. Our team can help you minimize your risks and protect your assets through surveillance and investigative research. We have the experience, equipment, resources, reach and knowledge to protect your brand and bottom line. The Smith Investigation Agency’s professional and discreet approach to corporate and civil investigations enables for you to focus on your business and firm while we get to the root of the issue, identify it and present our findings to you. In the past, we have seen bottom lines protected from using investigative services like surveillance in WSIB cases, and insurance fraud cases.

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Family Investigations

The well-being of your family is important to you and therefore important to us so you can safeguard it with our private investigative services. If you need to determine if a spouse is cheating, find that evidence you need for a child custody case, or even check on a teenager or loved elderly family member to ensure their wellbeing we can assist. If you plan on attending court or your case could go to court, you need to work with the best private investigators to ensure the proper documentation is obtained legally and professionally as well to provide you with the results you need to win your case. Our professional report and video documentation will provide the substantial evidence you need for your peace of mind or legal matters. Our private investigators work discreetly and professionally to deliver the most accurate results possible. If you believe there is suspicious activity unfolding that could jeopardize your household’s safety or welfare, The Smith Investigation Agency can help. There may be more to the story than you know, and we can unearth it with discretion and exceptional attention to detail.

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Investigative Research

Background Checks

As the population of major cities in Canada continues to expand, the need for private investigative services has naturally increased. As there has been such a demand in the private investigation industry, our team of investigative professionals has seen a notable amount of growth in the past five years especially in major cities like Toronto, Mississauga, Ottawa, Calgary and Halifax. Our background checks are an integral part of ensuring this growth is healthy, enabling for employers and landlords to verify that who they are dealing with is honest, law-abiding and who pose no threat. In relationships, you want to know without a shadow of a doubt who you are dating, planning to marry or who is around your children and family. A full and comprehensive background check should be on everyones to do list before settling down with someone or ensuring your families safety. You cannot afford not to have the facts. We perform background investigations that analyze an individual’s work history, financial stability, outstanding warrants or previous criminal charges, and other factors. We will deliver our findings to you for more peace of mind in knowing the truth. Your well being is essential to us to ensure you’re not being taken advantage of, being misrepresented or placing your loved ones in danger.

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Skip Trace – Locate Services

As we have completed thousands of skip searches throughout Canada, we are happy to say we have a 98 % success rate on our locate and skip searching services! With a robust team of experienced private investigators, we can complete a full locate, or skip search within a few business days with a very high probability of success. We have the best skip tracing tools throughout Canada, and with our agency operating in British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, and Ontario. Our chance of success on a location is more significant as our access to information throughout the provinces is considerably higher than most investigative agencies. We are dedicated to continually expanding our resources and knowledge to ensure the best results and fastest turnaround times. Are you searching for a long lost family member, missing heir or beneficiary, a missing debtor, that tenant that quickly left your property, or someone you need to serve court papers to? Allow our team to find the person so you can proceed with your personal or legal matter with confidence. If you need a process server to deliver the court documents we do not currently offer the service of process serving. However, we can suggest a variety of reputable process serving companies.

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Risk management is all about being accurate, precise, detail-focused and responding quickly enough to mitigate as much damage as possible. This is the philosophy behind our fraud protection services, which can benefit everyone from business owners being blackmailed to a young couple being financially manipulated by controlling family members. In our many years of experience, we’ve learned that literally, anything can happen, and we apply this principle to our in-depth investigative services. You will learn the precise details of what is transpiring, who is perpetrating it and more. The Smith Investigation Agency’s data-focused approach enables the collection of concrete evidence that can protect you more efficiently, giving you the information needed to pursue an ideal outcome.

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Social Media Monitoring

Whether you’re a small start-up business or a major enterprise, your social media presence is invaluable. The Smith Investigation Agency can perform extensive monitoring and investigative services to verify digitally-stored information – even if it’s not even online anymore. Our various forms of reporting enable for the offline preservation of crucial pieces of evidence to benefit your case, and we perform deep dives on the web to secure as much factual data as possible. Your online image and reputation deserve the finest, most discreet social media monitoring, which makes our team at The Smith Investigation Agency an ideal solution. Social Media Monitoring is a service commonly used for the legal and corporate sector rather than the public. This can commonly be confused as hacking into someones private accounts which we cannot do.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Yes, each one of our Private Investigators are fully licensed and have passed an approved investigator training course and provincial exam. Our agents must act under the rules and regulations that are in place when carrying out their investigations.

You can hire a PI to help you locate or monitor an individual or company. They can be also employed to verify information, review suspicious claims and assist with child custody and welfare cases. Our office here in Halifax specializes in background checks, skip tracing, fraud protection, monitoring, and investigation services.  We can also help with family or insurance investigations, asset searches, trademark investigations, and risk management investigations.

Yes, our Halifax team follows all the rules and regulations under the Private Investigators and Private Guards Act. Under this act, PIs are not allowed to carry a badge or symbol of authority, pretend to be a police officer, make an arrest, enter someone’s property if unauthorized (including vehicles), or perform a wiretap without obtaining a legal warrant.

Skip tracing is an advanced technique that is used to locate missing persons. It involves using database searches, background checks, monitoring services, interviews, among other tools and resources to collect information on the person's potential whereabouts. 

Private investigators can track just about anyone. We can find long lost family members, missing heirs, debtors, and tenants, or someone you need to serve court papers to. Our team has access to information and databases that consumers do not have, which can find the person’s exact location or address if required.

Our agency operates in Nova Scotia, Alberta, and Ontario. This greatly improves our chances of successfully locating someone if they’ve left the area. We also have the best skip tracing tools throughout Canada and can easily access information throughout the provinces.

Absolutely. Our in-house fraud detection and cyber investigations team can assist with personal or business fraud.  The types of scams we can help with include telemarketing scams, door-to-door scams, lottery scams, email and text, mail scams, identity theft, collection fraud, credit and debit card fraud, catfish scams, among other fraudulent activities.

Yes. Our services are fully confidential and done discreetly. In the event that the information is relevant in a court case, the PI may be called to testify in court to present the findings to the judge.

The cost of services will vary. Depending on your exact needs and circumstance, the service will be charged either on an hourly basis or a flat fee.  For instance, our research-based services are charged at a flat rate. Before we start any type of investigative services, we will conduct a consultation and then provide you with an upfront quote. We will then proceed only if you’re satisfied with the quote.

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Halifax Investigator Office | By Appointment Only

1701 Hollis Street, Suite 800, Halifax, Nova Scotia