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Heddle Shipyards operates the largest number of shipyards and dry docks in Canada. We have been in continuous operation since 1987 and we are expanding.

Mettle (met·tle) is defined in the dictionary as “the ability to meet a challenge or persevere under demanding circumstances; determination or resolve.” What we do is not easy, but we employ a crew of hard-working men and women that have the mettle to do what needs to be done to solve our clients’ challenges.



Health and Safety

Safety is Heddle Shipyards’ most important project every day.

Our corporate values reflect the importance of our employees’ safety and their wellbeing: Everyone goes home to their families at the end of their shift – EVERYONE GOES HOME. Period.

Heddle Shipyards has been a big part of McKeil Marine’s growth and success for the past 30 years. Heddle Shipyards’ ability to react quickly to our needs has been instrumental in saving us time and money. Heddle’s quality and their customer service enables McKeil to bid on complex projects that involve work being done not only on our own equipment but also directly for our customers – this is how much confidence we have in Heddle’s ability to get the work done on time and on budget.

Paulo Pessoa , McKeil Marine Ltd., Vice President, Commercial

About Us

Heddle Shipyards employs hard working Canadians who have the knowledge, experience and mettle to service our clients. Our goal is to become known as the most reliable provider of ship repair services in Canada and a meaningful partner in the shipbuilding industry.

Heddle Shipyards has operated shipyards in Canada for over 30 years. Our success is based on our commitment to safety, hard work and innovative thinking. With facilities across the Great Lakes and East Coast, Heddle Shipyards is on course to be recognized as the most reliable provider of ship repair services in Canada. We strive to exceed industry standards for quality, health and safety and build meaningful and consistent relationships with our customers, suppliers, partners and employees.



Heddle Shipyards utilizes a combination of highly skilled people and unique equipment/assets to provide Vessel Lifecycle Services, specialized Heavy Industrial Fabrication Services and Project Support Services.

Founded in 1987, Heddle Shipyards is a leading ship repair and heavy industrial fabrication service provider. Headquartered in Hamilton, Ontario, the company operates three major shipyards on the Canadian side of Great Lakes and several facilities on the East Coast of Canada. 


We currently employ between 100 and 250 skilled tradespeople depending on the season. We are growing and continuing to hire at all levels.

Latest News


The Definition of Mettle

Anyone who has worked in the ship repair and construction industry in Ontario will tell you our industry is not for the faint of heart.


Revitalizing the Port Weller Dry Docks

After the busiest winter works period at the Port Weller Dry Docks in the past decade, it is important to reflect on how we got here and where we came from.


Heddle Shipyards to Support Seaspan Shipyards in Building Polar Icebreaker for Canadian Coast Guard

May 6th, 2021 – Hamilton, Ontario – As part of the National Shipbuilding Strategy, the Government of Canada announced that Seaspan Shipyards will build a Polar Icebreaker, the flagship of the Canadian Coast Guard’s icebreaking fleet.

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Heddle Shipyards strives to be a preferred employer in each of the communities where we have operations.

We are building a workplace culture on the foundation of employee engagement and satisfaction. We understand that employees want to be valued, respected and heard.