M.L.E.O. Parking Enforcement Officer Certification Training
This is an Ontario Traffic Council-certified online course that will prepare you to enforce parking bylaws legally and safely in Ontario.
Course Access Time
A 1-time free extension of 3 weeks is available (if needed).
An additional extension of 2 weeks is available at $75.
Steps To Receive Your Certification
Complete the online training course
Write and pass the online exam
Receive your certification
Everything You Need
- 11 lessons with video and text.
- Online quizzes to ensure understanding of the material
- Available 24/7/365
- No time limit to complete the course
- Support available if you have questions or need help.
- Available on all internet connected devices – desktop, laptop, tablet or mobile phone using Windows/Mac/iOS/Android
- Printable accreditation certificate
All of the above for a one-time payment:
Anyone requiring training as a M.L.E.O. Parking Bylaw Officer in Ontario, or anyone seeking employment as an M.L.E.O.
Topics for the security guard course is a follows:
- Parking Course Intro
- Note Taking and Keeping a notebook for Parking Bylaw Officers
- Note taking and Report Writing Quiz
- Intro to Law for Ontario Parking Bylaw Officers
- Parking Officer-Relevant Legislation
- Being a good officer
- Officer Safety (Parking MLEO)
- Officer Safety for Bylaw Officers
- Testifying in Court for Parking Offences
- Parking Bylaw Enforcement Officer Final Exam
- Course Completion and Requesting a Certificate
This online M.L.E.O. Parking Enforcement Officer Certification Training course focuses on providing a foundation in:
- Professionalism and ethics
- Legal studies
- Report writing
- Personal safety
Students who successfully complete the online course and final exam will receive printable accreditation certificate and be able to add M.L.E.O. Parking Bylaw Enforcement Officer to your resume.
Is this course vetted and recognized by a Provincial body?
Yes, the Ontario Traffic Council. (O.T.C.)
Who is the O.T.C.?
The Ontario Traffic Council (OTC) is a leading voice in multi-modal transportation in Ontario, offering diverse expertise in traffic engineering, transportation planning, safety and traffic enforcement.
The organization promotes excellence in the multi-modal transportation field through education, guidance and sharing expertise supported by its members across Ontario regions, cities, towns, counties and industry businesses (consultants and vendors). Members include most Ontario Municipalities and officers who have a responsibility for traffic and active transportation planning and road user safety including police services, parking enforcement and other municipal staff.
Will I get a certificate once I complete the course and will it be recognized by employers?
Yes. Once you complete the assignments and the online quizzes successfully, you will get a certificate, suitable for framing, in the mail.
What is a M.L.E.O.?
The term is sourced in section 15 of the Ontario Police Services Act. It stands for Municipal Law Enforcement Officer, a term that is unique in Canada as it ONLY applies in Ontario. When a person is hired by a Municipality or obtains authority to write Parking Tickets on private property they are captured by this term.
What is a “Provincial Offences Officer”(P.O.O.) and what is the relationship to being appointed as a M.L.E.O.?
A P.O.O. is a person designated pursuant to the Provincial Offences Act. This legislation is the enabling statute that outlines the process for Parking Tickets in Part II. It is Provincial law and not a Municipal Bylaw so it supersedes, and works hand in hand with, local Bylaw appointments.
FACT: EVERY M.L.E.O. is a P.O.O. You would have to be in order to write tickets and process them according to law. As an aside, not every P.O.O. is also a M.L.E.O. For example, Provincial Ministry officers who do not enforce anything at the Municipal level are not M.L.E.O.’s. They have no need to be as they only enforce Provincial laws within their Ministry.
What is the difference between a “Bylaw Officer” and a M.L.E.O.?”
Essentially nothing, it’s just semantics and labels. They are one and the same. Every Ontario M.L.E.O. enforces Municipal Bylaws. Parking is just one area of Bylaw Enforcement. Some use the term M.L.E.O. while others use the term Bylaw Officer.
Can an Ontario licensed Security Guard also be a M.L.E.O. in order to write Parking Tickets on properties they patrol?
Yes. If the property owners is granted this privilege and also meets all the requirements, such as proper signage etc, then they are permitted to write tickets on their properties.
If they contract security services for their properties, and that contract includes Parking Enforcement duties, then the guard is now an “agent of the property owner” and permitted to write the tickets.
The guard will, of course, have to be approved and appointed as a M.L.E.O. by each Municipality that the guard works in to do so if they work at multiple sites in different locations.
Can a Bylaw Officer/M.L.E.O. who does parking enforcement ALSO do general Bylaw Enforcement or Animal Control?
The short answer is yes. If the Municipality hires you to do more than just Parking Enforcement, they will ask that you also be trained in the other areas as well as Parking. Given that General Bylaw Services and Enforcement is also a specialized profession ie Property Standards, Noise Bylaw Enforcement, Animal Control, Licensing etc
Is it true that some Municipalities are outsourcing some Bylaw Enforcement to Security companies?
Yes. Some smaller Municipalities are not only out sourcing Parking Enforcement but also General Bylaw services and Animal Control.
Will I need to take any other training to be able to write Parking Tickets or gain the appointment as a M.L.E.O.?
In some Municipalities, they insist that you are trained by them in the process of how tickets are written, submitted and expectations. Only the City of Toronto currently charges an additional fee for this training. Some Municipalities will simply issue you a ticket book with instructions and specific details on when, where and how you are to use it.
What if I leave Security work and go to work for a Municipality, will my M.L.E.O. training and appointment follow me and be valid?
If you are going to work for the same Municipality where you worked as a guard writing tickets, then yes and yes. It is valid and will follow with you. No need to repeat the training or gain a new appointment.
Is M.L.E.O. officer training, including General Bylaws etc, the same as what Police Officers get at O.P.C. (Ontario Police College)?
Yes. Every police officer in Ontario is also a M.L.E.O. and P.O.O. Their appointment is much broader in terms of what legislation they can enforce of course, but the basic content is the same.
Police do not get much involved in local Property Standards, Licensing, etc however they are empowered to write Parking Tickets, deal with Noise Bylaw complaints, Animal Bylaw offences.
If this is your ultimate goal, then sign up for both the Parking Enforcement Course as well as the Core Competency program online.