Health, Safety & Environment

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We’re guided by the belief that every employee and subcontractor should go home safe each night to their families, and likewise, that the communities we work in should be respected and protected as well. Our health, safety, and environment program is best in class and we are always evolving our practices that continue to strengthen our culture of safety. Our commitment to safety  ensures that our positive impact lives on long after we have left the construction site.

Driven by our company values, we go above and beyond the legislated requirements to achieve three main objectives:

  • Eliminate injuries and incidents
  • Maintain and enhance  a strong safety culture
  • Protect and maintain the physical, psychological, and social well-being of every employee

Supported by written policies, practices, procedures, corporate awards, and continuous performance improvements and monitoring, our rigorous program has a history of success we are proud of.

Environmental protection and stewardship is not only an ongoing priority for EllisDon but how we measure our overall success. We are fully committed to leading the way in cleaner construction by using our environmental management system to recognize and reduce our impact on the land and biodiversity, with a focus on waste and water reduction.

“With a health and safety record that consistently exceeds industry averages, and ambitious environmental policies, we’ve gained recognition as one of the most conscientious companies in construction.”

-Stephen Chaplin, Vice-President, Health, Safety, Environmental

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Awards & Recognition

  • 2021 Toronto Construction Association Outstanding Safety Culture Award: Presented by the Toronto Construction Association, this award recognizes a company’s actions that inspire their employees to go “above and beyond the call of duty” in how they conduct their day-to-day safety protocols.

  • 2021 Roy A. Phinnemore Award: Presented by the Infrastructure Health & Safety Association to Stephen Chaplin, our Vice President of Health, Safety & Environment, this award is for people who have diligently served the cause of construction health and safety, whether through services, contributions, inventions, procedures, or any other means.

  • Milestone Award for Safety: The Ontario General Contractors Association presented EllisDon with the 2020 Milestone Award for Safety in recognition of over 6 million continuous hours without a lost-time injury.

  • Bronze Telly Award: EllisDon’s Safety Orientation Video won this award in 2013 in recognition of our ongoing dedication to safety training.

  • Canada’s Safest Employer Award: Presented by Canadian Occupational Safety in 2016 in partnership with Workplace Safety and Prevention Services, this prize encompasses 10 industry-specific categories; EllisDon was awarded Gold in Building and Construction.

  • Nova Scotia Construction Safety Association Award for Leadership in Safety: This award is for individuals or organizations in construction who publicly assume a leadership role in advancing the objective of reducing human and economic losses as a result of workplace accidents. EllisDon was the recipient in 2018, 2016, and 2010.

  • Employer Safety Champion Award: With this award, The Workers Compensation Board of Nova Scotia Mainstay recognizes an employer who has demonstrated an exemplary health and safety program and a proven injury prevention track record. EllisDon was awarded this honor in both 2011 and 2016.

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  • Infrastructure Health & Safety Association logo

  • My SafeWork logo

  • Ontario General Contractors Association logo

  • The Telly Awards logo

  • Canada's Safest Employer logo

  • Toronto Construction Association logo

  • Workers Compensation Board of Nova Scotia Mainstay logo

At EllisDon we’re driving change and innovation by working collaboratively across our business to improve our approach to vital environment, social, and governance issues. We’re committed to not just minimizing any potential negative impacts, but to creating lasting, positive change.

Take a look at our 2022 Impact Report to learn more about everything we’re already doing, click here.

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Stephen Chaplin

Vice-President, Health, Safety, Environment


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