Small Business Health and Safety Leadership Awards

2020 applications now closed

The WSIB’s Small Business Health and Safety Leadership Awards recognize outstanding health and safety achievements in small businesses with fewer than 50 employees. 

We know that many small business owners work hard to keep the people who work for them healthy and safe. It goes without saying that the COVID-19 pandemic this year has changed the landscape for so many small businesses in Ontario.  As the province re-opens, we are shining a light on small business leaders who showed resilience through the pandemic, and made their workplaces healthier and safer. 

Applications are now closed. Stay tuned for more information about this year’s award winners. 

Eligibility requirements

  • Past winners are not eligible to re-apply for five years
  • Applicants must be registered with the WSIB and have an account in good standing (i.e. all premiums and other amounts owing to the WSIB are paid up-to-date, no convictions, good claims history).
  • Applicants must have at least one employee (not including the owner/operator) but less than 50 employees.   
  • During the life of their business, applicants must not have:
    • Any fatalities in the workplace 
    • Any convictions by the Ministry of Labour, Skills Training and Development for violations to the Occupational Health and Safety Act (OHSA) and its regulations or the Employment Standards Act (ESA) 

2019 award winners announced

The recipients of the Small Business Health and Safety Leadership Awards were announced at the WSIB AGM on September 25, 2019:

  • Gold level – Hawkins Contracting Services Limited, Stouffville $5,000
  • Silver level – Clearview Window Cleaning, Thunder Bay, $3,000
  • Bronze level – Double AA Metal Roofing Inc., Belle River, $2,000

For more information

Emailsmallbizsafety@wsib.on.ca 

2019 Award winners

Gold level winner

Hawkins Contracting Services Limited, Stouffville, $5,000

Hawkins Contracting Services Ltd. is a contractor to public- and private-sector clients, providing civil landscape contracting and construction services throughout Southern Ontario. This family-operated business was founded by Richard Hawkins, and his son Matt Hawkins has been leading the company since 2009.

The company has obtained its Certificate of Recognition (COR), a health and safety certification in the construction sector, and has a strong health and safety culture. Hawkins prides itself on prioritizing employee wellness by providing services to support the needs of all its staff, and they empower employees to voice their opinions and give regular feedback. All their training is tailored to the needs of the business and to each individual role.

They owe much of their success to engaged employees like Daniel Oliveira, who worked his way up in the company to become its health and safety lead, and Yvonne Casey, a Certified Register Safety Technician (CRST), who, as an administrative lead, is part of the Joint Health and Safety Committee (JHSC). It is this collaboration and dedication to health and safety that makes Hawkins a winning team.

Silver level winner

Clearview Window Cleaning, Thunder Bay, $3000

Clearview Window Cleaning is the largest window cleaning provider in the Thunder Bay area, serving residential, commercial and high-rise buildings. Shawn Prochnau owns and operates this local small business that has a strong health and safety mentorship and training program.

They are a member of the Thunder Bay Construction Safety Group and have well-established safety routines, including weekly safety meetings, communications boards with safety information, and an annual orientation meeting. On top of this, the team conducts many detailed and regular inspections and dedicates the off-season to reviewing their health and safety practices. Clearview’s wellness program makes the employee experience a positive one both on and off the job and helps foster a sense of community.

Shawn and his team of highly engaged employees live by their mission statement, which is, “No one gets hurt.”

Bronze level winner

Double AA Metal Roofing Inc., Belle River, $2,000

Double AA Metal Roofing is a family-owned local roofing company serving Southwestern Ontario. Owner Tim Eansor is a professional engineer (P.Eng) with over 20 years of experience working in steel manufacturing and processing. He provides strong leadership, and everyone – including managers and employees – takes their health and safety accountabilities seriously in this company.

Double AA Metal Roofing has been part of an Infrastructure Health and Safety Association (IHSA) Construction, Electrical and Utilities (CONEU) safety group for the past five years. The company’s impressive and in-depth hazard analysis is equivalent to that of large organizations, and it provides detailed hazards orientation and discussion for new hires. Their culture of inclusivity is demonstrated by offering their training information in multiple languages for employees whose second language is English.

The company has a health and safety culture that is dedicated to continuous improvement. Tim demonstrates this exceptional care for his employees by making their health and safety being his top priority. Safety is a part of everything they do, and it shows.

Past winners

2018 Award winners

  • Gold level – SG Cunningham, Waterloo, $5,000
  • Silver level – Zero Environmental, Kitchener, $3,000
  • Bronze level – Bread and Butter, Kingston, $2,000