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The Stephenson's Story
The Stephenson's Story
Helping Canadians get the job done for over 65 years
Stephenson's is a fast-growing equipment rental services company that keeps simplicity and immediacy at the heart of everything we do. From our humble beginnings operating out of a residential garage in Welland Ontario, to being at the forefront of some of the most iconic developments across Canada, we have been helping partners shape the landscape of cities across the markets we serve.

For over 65 years, Stephenson's has helped Canadians build Canada. Our team has worked closely with our customers to solve day to day problems. We have embraced the underdog status as multinationals
continue to expand and disrupt the Canadian market. We pride ourselves on the deep and loyal relationships we have formed over the years and our reputation for “getting the job done right” when faced with challenges is what continues to set us apart.

We are relentlessly optimistic people. We intuitively know how to evaluate and prioritize each problem, and we take pride in getting unstuck. We firmly believe we can help our customers overcome anything, so they can be their best.
Stephenson's is a fast-growing equipment rental services company that keeps simplicity and immediacy at the heart of everything we do. From our humble beginnings operating out of a residential garage in Welland Ontario, to being at the forefront of some of the most iconic developments across Canada, we have been helping partners shape the landscape of cities across the markets we serve.

For over 65 years, Stephenson's has helped Canadians build Canada. Our team has worked closely with our customers to solve day to day problems. We have embraced the underdog status as multinationals continue to expand and disrupt the Canadian market. We pride ourselves on the deep and loyal relationships we have formed over the years and our reputation for “getting the job done right” when faced with challenges is what continues to set us apart.

We are relentlessly optimistic people. We intuitively know how to evaluate and prioritize each problem, and we take pride in getting unstuck. We firmly believe we can help our customers overcome anything, so they can be their best.
Our Values

From our customer relationship to our company culture, our goal is for everything we create and cultivate to live up to the tenets of our core values. We know what we do everyday determines our reputation, the level of success we achieve and the positive impact we can make on people everyday.

RESPECTFUL
RESPECTFUL AT ALL TIMES

We are professional in all interactions and we appreciate different ideas and ways of doing things.

PASSIONATE
PASSIONATE IN ALL WE DO

We are driven to go above and beyond.

SIMPLICITY
SIMPLICITY IN OUR APPROACH

We keep it simple, in the way we communicate and the way we manage our processes.

 PROGRESSIVE
PROGRESSIVE THINKING

We are forward thinking in all aspects of our business.

FAMILY
FAMILY FOCUSED

We take care of each other (internally and externally) and have each other’s back.

OUR HISTORY
Major Milestones

From our humble beginnings to being at the forefront of some of the most iconic developments across Canada, Take a look at how Stephenson's Rental Services has grown over the years.

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    Canada's Heritage Rental Company

    Founded as a single location tool repair and rental store in Welland, Ontario. We began by renting out small tools to customers while their equipment was in the shop being repaired.

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    Pioneers From The Start

    First in market to introduce delivery services to customer sites for General Tools.

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    15 Branches Strong

    Acquired Active Rentals - One of Toronto’s largest contractor rental companies.

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    The GTA's Rental Company

    Providing rental solutions through 30 locations across the GTA, Stephenson’s is the leader in small tool rentals to both the DIY and small trade segments.

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    Year-round Climate Control

    The first to serve our customers through a unique, dedicated Climate Control division.

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    Expanding our Customer Segments

    Increased our presence in the heavy earthmoving equipment market by acquiring Core Rentals.

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    Proven Safety leaders

    The first rental company to be awarded TSSA Quality Assessed Facility Designation for our Climate Control Division.

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    Helping Homebuilders Save

    Designed and introduced our exclusive HeatPro. The industries most efficient radiant heater in its class.

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    Expanding Our Line

    Introduced Aerial equipment into the company as our customer base widens to target the professional Subtrades.

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    Growth Continues

    Acquired A-1 rentals - the second largest independent equipment rental company in Southern Ontario.

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    Western Ontario Expansion

    Entered the London ON. market with the acquisition of Oxford Builders supplies’ assets.

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    Construction heat leaders

    Acquired Air Liquide's Construction Heater & Propane distribution business in Southern Ontario.

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    Committed to safety

    Launched Stephenson's Safety Training Division.

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    Pioneers at heart

    Introduced to the market self-contained boiler mechanical rooms.

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    Eastern Ontario Expansion

    Expanded into Ottawa with a greenfield start-up.

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    Operational Excellence

    Opened our flagship state-of-the-art facility in Mississauga, the only supplier with a truly shared fleet.

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    Scaffold Source

    Expanded services through a dedicated Scaffold division to meet growing market needs.

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    Western Canada Expansion

    Entered the Alberta Market with the opening of our Calgary branch.

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    Focused on Savings

    Stephenson's launches a proprietary Total Fleet Management program (TFM), the most cost-effective choice for professional contractors to manage their small tool needs across multiple sites.

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    SECURING THE FUTURE

    Stephenson’s Management team completes a leveraged buy-out to ensure long-term support for our people and customers by allowing Management to control the direction and decisions of the Company. Securing the future as a Proud, Independently Owned & Canadian Controlled Company for generations to come.

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    Serving Our Customers Best

    Entered an exclusive partnership with Parkland Fuels - one of North Americas Largest fuel suppliers. We were the first to bring transparency to the market, customers choose a fixed or variable price.

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    Innovation

    Stephenson's helps develop and bring to market an exclusive compression post enabling the safest and easiest installation of edge protection into the Canadian marketplace. Solidifies Stephenson’s as the supplier of choice for GCs and high-rise builders.

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    Quebec Expansion

    Made a strategic investment in Location d'outils GM – an independent market leader in Québec.

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    MEETING CUSTOMERS’ BUSINESS NEEDS

    Stephenson’s executes a greenfield expansion in Edmonton AB, growing our footprint and allowing us to serve our customers’ business needs with a focus on more than just equipment.