The Smith Investigation Agency is one of the most respected National Private Investigator firms in the Greater Toronto Area, with proven results and years of expertise. We have completed over 3,000 surveillance related files as well as over 3,000 files related to background checks, locating and skip trace, locate services. We are a female owned Investigative Agency which is accredited by the Better Business Bureau and maintain an A+ rating. The Smith Investigation Agency has won several prestigious awards, including the Consumers Choice Award for the Best Private Investigation Company in Toronto two years in a row.
We believe in raising the bar in the investigative industry and have since worked continually to improve everything about the investigative process. Our team is continually working on our skill level to ensure we are performing at our best on every case, and we have a standard like nobody else in the industry; we think differently. Our team has the experience, knowledge, integrity and discretion you need and deserve when it comes to your investigation.
What Do We Investigate?
Corporate & Legal
With the population of Toronto consistently growing, so is the need for investigators completing services for the businesses and law firms. Consistently, we are seeing more and more organizations being taken advantage of by fraudulent employees and lawyers requiring our services more frequently. Our experienced team of Toronto Private Investigators will discuss with you a plan of action and proceed with an investigation that will identify the issue and provide you with the results you need for legal action or whatever your desired outcome may be. Our team is confidential, discreet and always compliant. Working with the right investigative team for your business and law firm is paramount, and our team will provide you with the professionalism that you deserve. You will have fully comprehensive reporting, as well as evidence that can be used in court and obtained legally and professionally.
We understand that family is important to you and, although there are many types of family investigations, your main concern is your family’s well-being and safety. If you are dealing with a child custody situation and want to ensure the persons spending time with your children are safe, surveillance would be the pragmatic choice. If you suspect your spouse of having an affair, our surveillance experts can get the results you need to make an informed decision about their activities. We know infidelity is painful, and our compassionate investigators will work with you every step of the way. We also work with families for a multitude of needs and can customize services that fit your situation. Our surveillance can determine where an ex-spouse or partner works in order to garnish wages, the whereabouts of your teenager or elder family member, and more. This is made possible through active monitoring. If you need assistance from a Private investigator in Toronto for family investigations, we are here to help.
Skip Trace Services
Need a dedicated skip tracer in Toronto? The Smith Investigation Agency can help. We have a 98-percent success rate with our skip tracing services, performed over thousands of files. Our team consists of experienced and professional investigative research experts throughout Toronto and Canada. As a national private investigative skip tracing team, we have access to more information throughout Canada than any other skip trace companies. Our team’s experience, resources and knowledge are invaluable in assisting your case. If you need an individual served by a process server, our team handling skip tracing in Toronto can provide a list of appropriate parties to help with such matters.
With the increase of online fraud, dating scams, employee fraud and deception, the need for a local background check in Toronto continues to rise; it’s not just optional, but necessary. Our team can provide you with the results you need to make informed decisions about who you are hiring, spending time with or placing in care of your loved ones. We can customize a background check in Toronto according to your specific needs, and we offer free consultations. This way, you can explain your situation to one of our expert Private Investigators in Toronto, and we can consider a plan of action best suited to your case. Don’t live in the unknown any longer – get the information you need to safeguard your best interests as well as those of individuals close to you.
Social Media Monitoring
Social media monitoring is becoming invaluable to small and large businesses as well as legal firms. Our team can perform extensive monitoring to verify digitally stored information, whether it is currently online or if it has been removed. Our reporting will enable you access to offline and crucial pieces of evidence to support your case. We will complete a deep web dive to secure as much information as possible. Your reputation and brand deserve nothing but the finest in investigative services. Therefore, our team of Private Investigators in Toronto will get you the results you need.
We see more and more fraud in our society, and therefore, the need for risk management is necessary. Risk management is all about being precise, accurate, detail-focused and prompt to mitigate as much damage as possible. This is our philosophy behind our fraud protection services, which can benefit everyone from business owners and lawyers to private individuals. With our decades of experience, we know one thing for sure: Anything can happen. We will show you the details of what is happening and who the perpetrator is. Our data-focused approach enables for the collection of substantial evidence that can protect you more efficiently, giving you the information you need to make well-informed decisions.
For a full list of services, please visit our services page.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
What can a Private Investigator help me with?
Private Investigators are capable of providing a wide range of services such as locating individuals, protecting assets and yourself, and verifying information. These include skip tracing, locating someone, social media monitoring, fraud, insurance and WSIB investigations, family-focused investigations pertaining to child custody and welfare, and much more. They are also hired for infidelity cases as well, in order to verify whether someone’s suspicions about a cheating spouse or partner are correct.
Is it legal to have a Private Investigator follow someone?
Yes, it is legal since Private Investigators have the ability and permission to track a person’s whereabouts if it pertains to a client’s case. Using state-of-the-art tools and investigative skills, they may actively monitor an individual to report their actions. Or, they can use location services such as skip tracing to find missing individuals such as wayward seniors or fleeing debtors.
Can you hire a Private Investigator for child custody cases?
Yes. Private Investigators are often recruited by clients to safeguard children caught amidst a custody battle. Such instances include monitoring a child’s welfare from a distance to see whether they are adequately cared for. In addition, they have the ability to investigate whether an ex-spouse or partner is adhering to custody payments or other responsibilities involving child welfare.
Can a Private Investigator testify in court?
Yes. In some circumstances, Private Investigators may be called upon to testify if the information they have obtained could play an important role in a case brought before the courts. They may be asked to present their findings to help the court and jury come to an accurate and appropriate conclusion.
Can Private Investigators obtain cell phone records?
No not legally. Due to privacy restrictions in place to protect those visiting and living within Canada, Private Investigators are not permitted to seek out and obtain cell phone records. The Smith Investigation Agency complies with this rule and fully respects the individual’s right to privacy. Instead, other methods may be used to procure information pertaining to a case, such as fraud investigations or surveillance.
Do Private Investigators have to be licensed?
Absolutely. Private Investigators have to undergo rigorous, comprehensive training to secure full certification and the legal privilege to operate. Avoid any investigative agency that does not comply with these rules and be sure to instead reach out to the professionals who follow established standards.
How much do Private Investigator Services cost in Toronto?
The approximate cost of Private Investigator services in Toronto or elsewhere in Canada will vary according to your needs. For instance, our research services are all at a flat rate with no hidden fees. This is because every case and circumstance is unique, much like our custom-tailored investigative services. It should be advised that cheaper agencies are not always the best solution – your best bet is to invest a little more in an established, reputable agency with a good track record. That way, you can be certain you will get the answers you seek.
How do you become a Private Investigator?
Private Investigators themselves undergo full background checks with RCMP before serving in the field. Even before this, however, they are required to undergo extensive training to improve their situational awareness and ensure they are ready to practice. Always work with an agency that is fully certified.
Can Private Investigators access all types of personal information?
Not exactly. There are rules and regulations that must be followed, which Private Investigators are trained to specifically adhere to. These include Canadian privacy laws such as the Personal Information Protection and Electronic Documents Act (PIPEDA), which governs the collection, use, and disclosure of client data. This is why it’s best to work with a Private Investigator firm with a reputation for discretion, professionalism, and respect for your privacy.
Is my Private Investigator allowed to share information without my consent?
No. Doing so would go against our goal of maintaining a discreet, leak-free service that protects your identity. Trust is a critical component of any successful assignment. Otherwise, it is possible that your current situation you’re hiring a Private Investigator for could spiral out of control. Always be sure to deal only with Private Investigator firms that are upfront and clear about how they handle and communicate information, and whether they adhere to PIPEDA.
Which organization manages Private Investigator firms in Ontario?
The Canadian Council of Private Investigators of Ontario (CPIO) is a professional body that oversees all legally operating firms in the province. They help to regulate operations, ensure everyone maintains full compliance with established laws, and protect clients. This helps to ensure the best quality of service and your rights are safeguarded. The Smith Investigation Agency is officially recognized by CPIO.
What if I need a Private Investigator to find someone right away?
Don’t worry. The Smith Investigation Agency is proud to offer our services in a timely, proactive manner, while being careful to keep matters safe and private. Many clients come to us to locate wandering elderly parents, fleeing debtors, or even lost children. Our team knows how important it is to work fast, diligently, and secure all possible evidence in a legal and safe manner.
Can I trust Private Investigators?
This gets asked a lot, and it boils down to the same thing: Know who you’re working with! The Smith Investigation Agency is proud to have won the Consumer Choice Award from 2017 to 2019 for the Best Private Investigators, made possible by our hardworking experts. We’re also recipients of the Global Excellence Award of 2017 as the Most Trusted Private Investigation Services Provider in Ottawa. In addition, we’re very proud winners of the International AI Influential Business Woman Award for Best Woman-Owned Private Investigative Agency in Easy Canada and the Most Innovative Woman in Executive Protection!
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Private Investigator Services in Toronto
The Smith Investigation Agency’s Toronto office is conveniently located in Midtown Toronto at Yonge & Eglinton near North York. Our team is continually working on our skill level to ensure we are performing at our best in every case, and we have a standard like nobody else in the industry; we think differently. Our team has the experience, knowledge, integrity and discretion you need in your investigation.
Disclaimer: The Smith Investigation Agency works in accordance with Ontario’s MCSCS. Therefore, it is essential to know that we refer to ourselves as private investigators rather than private detectives in Toronto, as the latter is inaccurate and prohibited by law. Please be aware of this before deciding to work with an investigation agency.
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