Every Project Is Different

Whether it's a $5-Million mall renovation, or a $1-Billion hospital, when you work with EllisDon, you expect consistency. Enter Gate Three for Subcontractors, a portal for all your day-to-day project information.

With Gate Three for Subcontractors, you're one click away from everything you need to make project organization erasier. Billing, team communication, deficiency lists—it's all right in front of you. Secure and accessible from any internet connection, Gate Three for Subcontractors is web-based, which means no installations, no upgrades and no hassle.

Gate Three for Subcontractors gives you:

  • The fastest way to access the most up to date project information.
  • A secure location to track what work is left on each of your jobs, and see sign-offs as soon as they happen.
  • A central place to log and submit project documents, reports and quotes, giving you the ability to communicate with all project stakeholders, without using multiple tools.
  • Gate Three for Subcontractors is everything you've come to expect from EllisDon—an appreciation for what you do, and the tools to help you do it better.

Access to Gate Three for Subcontractors is automatically assigned upon Subcontract issuance.

Direct Deposits Available

EllisDon is pleased to offer a Direct Deposit payment option for our Subcontractors. Direct Deposits allow for more cost effective, faster payment system that will benefit all Subcontractors that participate. For those firms that choose not to participate in this program, EllisDon will continue to issue manual cheques for deposit.

This link contains a Direct Deposit Agreement form, which can be completed by your firm for each separate bank account. This information will be kept in strictest confidence and will be used for the sole purpose of establishing your Direct Deport account data file. Upon successful completion of a test transfer all future payment will be issued via Direct Deposit. Confirmation/Remittance Advices of all direct deposits will be provided by e-mail, fax or regular mail.

The completed Direct Deposit application form should be returned to:

EllisDon Corporation

2045 Oxford Street East

London, Ontario N5V 2Z7

Attn: Subcontracting Department

The Bottom Line

We all must acknowledge that issues are often more complicated than contemplated by these brief, formal standards. On Construction Management projects, for example, clients often control bid closings and awards. In this case, we will strive to let our subcontractors know what the process is, and you can decide what you want to do. Project prices often require subsequent clarification. But the bottom line is that day to day we at EllisDon and our subcontractor partners must treat each other fairly, and we must each respect the protocols and the written and unwritten rules of our industry. Appropriate judgment, openness and fairness are required from everyone.

EllisDon is determined to be the best builder in the industry; that demands high standards of execution, professionalism and ethics at every level, every day. That is the promise we are making here, with our Subcontractor Bill of Rights.

Please do not hesitate to contact me directly if at any time you feel that any of the principles outlined above have not been honoured by someone in our company, and I will make it a point to follow up personally.

Thank you for your time, your trust and your confidence in us.

Geoff Smith, President & CEO

Our Promise

We developed our Subcontractor Bill Of Rights as a way to ensure that we are always treating our subcontractors professionally and ethically. All EllisDon Employees are expected to commit to this code of ethics every day, so that every subcontractor benefits from fair and equitable treatment.

Here are the five key principals:


Price shopping is when, during a bid close, one subcontractor’s lower price is quietly given to another subcontractor, in order to make that sub low. It is one of the most unethical practices in the industry and it will not be tolerated at EllisDon. If an EllisDon employee is shown to have engaged in this practice once, they will receive a formal warning. If they are caught twice, they will be terminated, regardless of tenure or seniority. If any subcontractor has concrete evidence or proof of bid shopping, they are welcome to contact the CEO directly.


We need to make sure that we get all the info on every price at closing, so we know which price to carry. If you are the low qualified sub at closing, you get the award on those terms, period, full stop. (Let’s acknowledge that CM subcontractor bids to clients often have more complexity and are often beyond our control, but our ‘recommendations to award’ will follow this standard.)


EllisDon defines back charges as a charge that comes without both clear advance notice and appropriate justification/documentation. The idea that we can send out back charges at the end of projects, without an adequate prior warning (enabling the sub to fix the problem) and appropriate justification, has no future at EllisDon. If you, as a subcontractor, can show an inappropriate back charge, according to the above definition, it gets cancelled. Regardless of the amount.


If EllisDon does not include a sub’s legitimate billing on our invoice, or if we don’t bill the owner when we should (and as a result the sub doesn’t get paid on time), we will pay the subcontractor interest at the prime rate on the payment delay.


If you indicate that your issue is important, we will return your phone call within 24 hours. If an EllisDon person is not responding promptly, you are encouraged to call me to complain. EllisDon must be committed to this standard. If our people are on holiday, they will leave instructions as to whom to talk to in their absence.

Bid List

Please use our bid list to identify projects that would benefit from your experience and expertise. If we haven't worked together before, we look forward to working with you. If we have, we can't wait to continue building our relationship.


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