COVID-19 - Heddle Shipyards


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.

Message From President

COVID-19 has changed our lives – both personally and at work.

Since March of 2020, we have all been battling a global pandemic. Heddle Shipyards was fortunate to have been deemed an essential business, so we were allowed to continue to operate when many businesses could not do so. That being said, our decision to remain open was contingent upon our ability to keep our people, suppliers, subcontractors, customers and their families safe. Since the onset of the pandemic, our entire company has rallied to ensure that everything possible is being done to remain safe. To date, we have not had a single case of COVID-19 at any of our facilities – this is a testament to our people.

The pandemic is not over.

Across Canada and the world, many families are dealing with loss and hardship as a result of the virus. We must remain diligent in order to ensure our continued safety. Going forward this webpage will be used as a platform to provide updates and direction on how we will continue to ensure our safety in the face of COVID-19.

Thank you to all of our employees who have been on the front lines from the beginning of this ordeal and thank you to our visitors – past, present and future that respect our protocol to ensure our collective safety.

Important Updates

Friday July 31st

Niagara region by-law mandating face coverings in all enclosed public spaces takes effect.

Tuesday July 28th

Heddle Shipyards online health questionnaire is now available. If you are visiting Heddle Shipyards offices or facilities for any reason, please use the link below to fill out the questionnaire and await confirmation your admittance has been approved.

Monday July 20th

Hamilton by-law mandating face coverings in all enclosed public spaces takes effect.

September 8th

Ontario schools begin staggered return to in-person classes.

September 18th

The Ontario Government implements new rules limiting social gathering sizes in Toronto, Ottawa and Peel Regions.  Full details of the new regulations are available on the Government of Ontario’s website.  


In order to protect our people, suppliers, customers and their families, the following procedures have been put in place to mitigate the risk of spreading COVID-19 at our facilities.

Travel and Visitors

All non-essential business travel for Heddle employees remains suspended until further notice.

Permission for visitors from international destinations to enter our facilities has been suspended until further notice.

Visitors and subcontractors are required to fill out a health questionnaire prior to being granted access to offices or worksites.

Visitors and subcontractors are required to have their temperatures checked and undergo a screening prior to entering a Heddle facility.

At Our Facilities

All employees are to be temperature checked prior to entering the offices or worksites before each work-day.

Maintaining six feet separation and social distancing in the offices, workshops and on-board vessels is to be strictly adhered too.

Worksites have been configured and jobs planned to adhere to social distancing guidelines.

High traffic areas such as offices, lunchrooms and meeting spaces are sanitized every two hours.

Heddle employees exhibiting symptoms of COVID-19 are to stay home and contact Heddle’s People and Culture department immediately.

Hand sanitizer is available at convenient locations throughout our facilities. Face coverings are encouraged and available upon request. Meetings are conducted remotely where social distancing is not possible.

Contact Information

Should you require any additional information about what we are doing to keep our employees and colleagues safe, please contact one of the following HR team members.


Hamilton Shipyard

Heddle Shipyards
Dan Cummings
Phone: 905 528 2635 EXT 253


Port Weller Dry Docks Shipyard

Heddle Shipyards


Thunder Bay Shipyard

Heddle Shipyards

Screening Questionnaire

All visitors and subcontractors are asked to fill out the following health questionnaire prior to entering Heddle offices or facilities.

Do not enter Heddle’s facilities without confirmation your questionnaire has been processed and your admittance is approved.