By Sarah Klein
The Manitoba government has created a working group to examine the security guard industry in the province and make improvements where needed.
Through a new security guard sector plan, labour and employer representatives will review the content of the mandatory security guard training manual every five years, beginning in 2014. They will ensure training and standards are as effective and up to date as possible.
Higher wages for security guards will also be phased in over the next four years, beginning October 1 where all guards must be paid at least $0.25 above minimum wage, rising annually to $2.25 in October 2017.
New resource material focusing on responsibilities of all parties including clients, contractors, employers and workers will help improve bidding practices and promote worker safety.
The province will also focus on site-specific inspections and enforcement measures to address safety and health issues for security guards.