Health and Safety

Ontario Shipyards actively strives to exceed industry benchmarks and foster a strong safety culture with our people, customers, visitors, and contractors.
All of our people share our commitment to reducing incidents. We believe that high performance is enhanced by a safe workplace. To that end, we continuously improve our safety programs and strengthen safety leadership on all levels of management.
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Safety is Ontario Shipyards’ most important project every day.

Our corporate values reflect the importance of everyone's safety and their wellbeing: Everyone goes home to their families at the end of their shift – everyone goes home. Period.
Ontario Shipyards actively strives to exceed industry benchmarks and foster a strong safety culture with our people, customers, visitors and contractors.

The continued objective of Ontario Shipyards is: "zero incidents".

We invest in recruiting, developing and retaining people who share and actively demonstrate our safety values. Ontario Shipyards has developed comprehensive safety inspection programs to identify and address potential hazards over the duration of all projects and across all levels of work. From pre-inspections to final walk-throughs, we ensure continuous safety compliance.

The success of our business is dependent on the health and safety of our most valuable resource: our people.

All of our people work towards identifying and reporting hazards, with active Safety Response Teams to investigate and mitigate developing issues at each site. These dedicated teams also communicate all hazards to all levels of workers at all sites across Canada. Our focus on strong communication and sharing expedites group learning from our pooled experiences.

Ontario Shipyards has developed, educated and trained on-site Safety Response Teams.

These teams coordinate with accredited third-party assistance to ensure 24-7, cross-Canada response and deployment in the event of an emergency situation. Each Safety Response Team undergoes routine testing and evaluation of skills and abilities, to ensure that they deliver the service required to uphold the requirements of Ontario Shipyards and meet regulatory standards.


Ontario Shipyards has set a high standard for environmental compliance.
We are in the process of implementing a proactive approach to comprehensively manage and mitigate environmental risks. Our goal is to minimize any environmental impact from our business on the ecosystems in which we operate. With five facilities across the Great Lakes and Atlantic Canada, we recognize the value of the unique ecosystems in which we live and operate. Canada’s Great Lakes—representing nearly 20% of Earth’s fresh surface water—St. Lawrence Estuary, Gulf of St. Lawrence and the Atlantic coastlines support a diverse array of plants and animals, comprising complex marine and estuary ecosystems, unlike any other.
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Quality (ISO)

Ontario Shipyards is focused on delivering consistent, high-quality service at all of our facilities.
Our highly skilled workforce adheres to ISO Quality Management Systems standards, with a continuous improvement mindset. We work hard and smart to earn your satisfaction.

Ontario Shipyards is currently certified at ISO 9001:2015. This accreditation ensures our ability to consistently meet customer expectations and adhere to international quality standards, as well as all statutory and regulatory requirements.

In 2019, Ontario Shipyards highlighted our commitment to quality with a new Quality Assurance Policy. This is our promise that our growing operations have been structured to employ the highest standards of planning, communication, training, and procedural control to provide our customers with the best quality of service, in a timely manner at the most competitive price.
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Green Marine

Ontario Shipyards is committed to conducting its operations in a sustainable manner. The terminal has been a Green Marine participant since 2021. Both Port Weller and Hamilton shipyards are Green Marine certified.

Green Marine is the leading environmental certification program for North America’s maritime industry. The program stems from the sector’s voluntary initiative to exceed regulatory requirements. There are currently more than 175 companies – ship owners, port authorities, terminal operators and shipyard managers – from coast to coast in the United States and Canada participating in the program. The program targets key environmental issues related to air, water and soil quality, biodiversity and community relations.

The Green Marine certification process is rigorous and transparent. To receive their certification, participants must benchmark their annual environmental performance, have their results verified by an accredited external verifier, commit to continual improvement, and agree to the publication of their individual results.  Ontario Shipyards’ complete annual results, and those of all certified participants, are published in Green Marine’s Annual performance report and posted on the Green Marine website:

Green-Marine Certification Results
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Heddle Shipyards (now "Ontario Shipyards") continues to provide quality and efficient repair and maintenance services to the domestic and international vessels that trade the Great Lakes. With ship repair and service facilities in various locations around the Great Lakes, Heddle Shipyards is able to react to our clients needs. Peace of mind for ship owners and efficient repair services are vital to the fluidity of the St Lawrence Seaway system and as traffic volumes through the system grow, we will look to Heddle to help service the commercial vessel fleet.
Bruce Hodgson
St Lawrence Seaway Management Corp, Director Market Development