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How One Organization Is Helping to Secure Canadian Homes and Businesses

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Patrick Straw

Patrick Straw

Executive Director, Canadian Security Association

More and more Canadians are securing their homes and businesses with the latest smart technology. It’s a growing market worth $11 billion in Canada. And the Canadian Security Association (CANASA), a 45-year not-for-profit, is dedicated to promoting professionalism, quality service, and innovation in the security services industry. 


There’s been a huge shift in the security industry, as the quality of products has increased significantly and prices have dropped,” says Patrick Straw, Executive Director of CANASA. “We strive to ensure that those working in our industry have the resources, tools, and the latest education to give consumers confidence that they will receive a high standard of service.” 

Taking the stress out of your security decisions

Home security systems can add value to a home, and in many cases reduce insurance rates for homeowners and businesses, but ensuring the installation and monitoring is done right and by a reputable company is critical. That’s where CANASA can take away the stress and help Canadians find the right company by hosting a searchable database of 1,000 member companies on its website. 

Leveraging smart home technology has made innovative security solutions more accessible. You can receive notifications on your phone or tablet or check up on property when away. You can also conveniently unlock and lock your home or business remotely. And there are even systems that alert for water leaks or low temperatures that could lead to frozen pipes. “Not only do these solutions give comfort to people, but they also reduce costly false alarms, because potential issues can easily be assessed before authorities are called,” says Straw.  

The latest tech with integrity and quality built in

If today’s security industry is about convenience and the latest tech, then add integrity to that. Straw says CANASA is active in ensuring its members act with integrity and professionalism. Whether through its ethics committee, requiring its members to carry minimum liability insurance, or ensuring its workers have police record checks, people can have confidence they’re hiring reputable companies with technical competence that care about safety.

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