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Home to the Supreme Court of Canada and a cluster of global, leading enterprises, Ottawa is a key hub of investigative activity in Canada. As the capital, it experiences surges of asset growth and business development across multiple sectors as well as an ongoing residential construction boom. Our private investigators in Ottawa are trained to deal with some of the most complex and delicate issues faced by businesses, organizations and private citizens in the National Capital Region. The Smith Investigation Agency Inc. is a Nationally known and highly respected Private Investigative firm. We maintain a high standard in customer service and focus on quality, integrity and consistency.

What Do We Investigate?


Corporate & Legal

Your employees are a direct reflection of your business and brand. As Private Investigators in Ottawa, we want to protect your business and your reputation by setting up effective processes for monitoring employee claims and workplace behaviour. We can help you monitor and investigate fraud, workplace injuries, excessive absenteeism, theft of clients or employees, narcotics abuse at the workplace, harassment, vandalism and more. Reach out to our Ottawa office today for a free consultation.

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Family Investigations

There are a variety of investigative services that a family my use. It could be dealing with infidelity in your marriage or relationship. Or, it could be a child custody situation where you need surveillance to prove the former partner is working to garnish wages. Alternatively, you may also want to monitor who is spending time with your children while in care of your former partner. Our team of professional private investigators in Ottawa will conduct an in-depth investigation to determine what activity is taking place. We will provide you with court-ready evidence if your case needs to go to court. If not, you will have the knowledge and peace of mind to make well-informed decisions.

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Investigative Research

Criminal Background Checks

Our Ottawa criminal background checks may be just what you need to gain peace of mind. With our company being national, we have access to more information than the average Private Investigators in the capital. When you request an Ottawa criminal background check from our team, we will do everything we can to provide fully in-depth answers regarding the individuals or corporations of concern. There are many reasons why these background checks may be necessary. Whether you need to look into a nanny you may hire, a contractor you want to work with or a person you’re dating, it helps to confirm the information that you’ve been told before fully committing. Something as simple as a background check can save you from dealing with major issues down the road. No matter the reason, our team can perform everything from public record checks to criminal background checks in Ottawa. In order to make sure you are fully satisfied with the results, we will also customize the search depending on your needs. With The Smith Investigation Agency, you can rest assured that you will receive all the information and details you deserve.

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Skip Tracing Services

Many people try and use online resources to locate individuals. However, they end up spending time and money with no results. Allow our team of skip tracers in Ottawa to provide you with the answers you need. If you’re trying to locate someone for legal reasons such as serving them paperwork or looking for a former tenant or contractor that wronged you, we can help. Using our skip tracing tools and access to information throughout Canada, we can confidently locate the individual you’re seeking to find. We have a 98 percent success rate from locating thousands of individuals. Trust the experts at The Smith Investigation Agency to conduct your skip trace investigations in Ottawa.

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Additional Services


Our anti-fraud and risk management unit in Ottawa focuses on identifying what risks exist and then handles them in a way best suited to your specific objectives. If you have been a victim of fraud, allow our team of Private Investigators in Ottawa to assess the situation and identify a clean plan forward. Our fraud division handles a wide variety of cases, from small claims to cases where several million dollars are at risk. If you are a large corporation, private individual or law firm dealing with fraud, contact us today and learn more about our investigative process. We obtain substantial evidence and facts that can be used to bring truth, protecting you and your assets more efficiently.

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Customized Investigations

There are many services our Private Investigators in Ottawa complete regularly that are customized based on the client’s needs. Having completed thousands of cases, we know first-hand that no two files are alike, which is why you can share with us the details of your case for a personalized solution. After all, a blanket approach is not good enough when it comes to investigative services such as ours. Your case may require a mixture of cyber research, surveillance, and investigative services like background checks or locate services. No matter your need, we can assist. Our Ottawa team is here to help, as are those in our other offices found throughout Canada.

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Frequently Asked Questions

No. We can assist with all types of investigations, including personal, private, corporate, and government.

We can help protect a business from fraudulent activities. Our investigation services cover background checks, investigate employee claims, monitor potential theft or narcotic use, monitor workplace harassment, investigate WSIB claims, uncover identify theft, and other behaviours that could damage your business reputation and bottom line. 

Yes! We can provide highly detailed background checks including criminal background checks on both individuals and corporations. In the event you need to screen someone as part of an employment application or check that a particular individual does not have a criminal record, or that a business has serious legal problems, we can help. We can perform a meticulous and accurate background check that is accompanied by facts, including employment history, criminal records, education verification, litigation and legal affairs, marital information and more.

Even if you believe that there is suspicious activity but don’t have any relevant proof, we can help. We will uncover the facts that you need.

We provide professional reports, pictures, and video documentation as required to deliver the substantial evidence you need. 

Our agents are highly trained to work discreetly and undercover. Our agents also follow all the necessary laws to avoid becoming subject to a police investigation. In the rare incident that they are identified, they are trained to appropriately and safely react. PIs act in complete confidentiality and will never provide your information.

Our Ottawa team is required to follow the rules and regulations of the Ontario’s Private Security and Investigative Services Act. We are not allowed to carry a badge, impersonate a law enforcement officer, make any form of arrest, wiretap to record conversations or trespass on private property. However, we are allowed to use surveillance and evidence gathering techniques such as background checks, skip tracing, GPS, photos and video surveillance. PIs can legally access databases and public information to find missing people, property or assets. We can also find evidence in relation to child custody investigations and criminal investigations.

Contact us today to set up a consultation. During this confidential meeting, we’ll assess your situation and needs to provide you with a quote for services. Depending on the type of investigative services that you require, we’ll provide an hourly fee or set amount in the quote, with no hidden fees.  If you agree to the quote, we’ll begin working on your case right away.

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Ottawa Investigator Office | By Appointment Only

100 Metcalfe Street, Suite 200, Ottawa