ISSA Canada News


Edmonton Tourism and Hospitality Industries Commit to GBAC STAR™ Accreditation

[March 10, 2021] – Explore Edmonton, the visitor economy and venue management organization for Edmonton, AB, has announced a collaborative initiative to pursue city-wide GBAC STAR™ Facility Accreditation from the Global Biorisk Advisory Council (GBAC), a Division of ISSA. The collaborative effort includes Edmonton International Airport; Edmonton Destination Marketing Hotels (EDMH), which oversees 38 properties across the city; Rogers Place; the Oilers Entertainment Group; and the already-accredited Edmonton Convention Centre and Edmonton EXPO Centre. READ MORE


Contractor's Corner Now Available for Download

[January 21, 2021] – ISSA Canada is pleased to announce that the Winter 2021 edition of Contractor's Corner is now available for download. This communication vehicle is focused on developing front-line staff, as well as managers and supervisors from the facility service provider sector. As such Contractor's Corner features the latest educational opportunities, information on best business practices, tips on how to make the job easier, and information on the latest products and services available to the industry. READ MORE



Ontario Investing in Peterborough-Based Producer of Hand Sanitizer and Disinfectant Bottles

[January 18, 2021] – The Ontario Government is investing $1 million from the Ontario Together Fund to help Peterborough's Merit Precision manufacture bottles for hand sanitizers and disinfectants. This expansion will create 10 new local jobs and retain 75 positions, while producing the vital products to support the fight against COVID-19. With Ontario's support, Merit Precision is investing in two blow moulding lines, tooling and the necessary infrastructure to manufacture bottles. This investment will enable the company to provide locally produced bottles for hand sanitizers and disinfectants manufactured in Ontario by Peterborough-based Charlotte Products. Currently, Charlotte Products is facing the challenge of not having enough bottles to meet the growing demand for its cleaning productsREAD MORE



Residential Cleaning Connection Canada Now Available for Download

[December 17, 2020] – ISSA Canada is pleased to announce that the Winter 2020 edition of Residential Cleaning Connection Canada is now available for download. Jam-packed with content focused on developing the professional residential cleaner, Residential Cleaning Connection Canada features the latest educational opportunities, information of best business practices, tips on how to make the job easier, and information on the latest products and services available to the industry. READ MORE


Introducing Housekeeping Professional Today e-Newsletter

[December 11, 2020] – The Ontario Healthcare Housekeepers Association (OHHA), a Division of ISSA, is please to announce the release of its new e-newsletter – Housekeeping Professional Today. The publication was created to provide the healthcare housekeeping and environmental services sector with a news vehicle to share current trends, industry information as well as educational opportunities and career development options. READ MORE


Industry Loses Steve Ambler, Partner of Swish Group of Companies

[November 17, 2020] – It is with great sadness that the Swish Group announces the passing of Steve Ambler, partner, Swish Maintenance Limited and Charlotte Products Ltd. He died peacefully on November 11, 2020 with his family by his side. READ MORE

CFCRA Partners with ISSA & Global Biorisk Advisory Council to Help Companies Achieve Cleaning & Disinfection Accreditation

[November 5, 2020] – The Canadian Flooring Cleaning Restoration Association (CFCRA) and the Global Biorisk Advisory Council® (GBAC), a Division of ISSA, the worldwide cleaning industry association, have established a formal partnership to help facilities meet the highest level of cleanliness and safety to minimize risk from coronavirus and other infectious agents. READ MORE

Ontario Healthcare Housekeepers Association Merges With ISSA

[October 7, 2020] – The health care housekeeping industry in Ontario, Canada, is applauding the merger of the Ontario Healthcare Housekeepers Association (OHHA) with ISSA, the worldwide cleaning industry association. As OHHA joins ISSA’s Canadian division, ISSA Canada, the association will now be known as OHHA, a Division of ISSA. READ MORE

Canadian Facilities Achieving GBAC STAR™ Accreditation Grows

[October 5, 2020] - The ranks for facilities achieving GBAC STAR™ accreditation is growing day by day. GBAC STAR has been embraced by facilities across Canada who prioritize a clean and safe environment for their building occupants. READ MORE

ISSA Canada Partners with TruShield Insurance to Provide New Canadian Member Benefit

[September 30, 2020] - ISSA Canada, a Division of ISSA – the worldwide cleaning industry association, is excited to announce its partnership with TruShield Insurance in an ongoing effort to unroll new, valuable benefits for Canadian Members.

"ISSA Canada is making great strides in implementing new, meaningful benefits for our Canadian membership," said ISSA Canada Executive Director Mike Nosko. "With TruShield's expertise in fulfilling the insurance needs of small business, we are confident the insurance coverage options available will not only be cost effective, but will suit most business requirements." READ MORE

Clorox Canada Works with the Ontario Government and AdvantAge Ontario to Support Seniors

[September 11, 2020] - Clorox Canada has announced the launch of its 'Support with Strength' program, which aims to support seniors living in long-term care (LTC) homes as we battle through the pandemic. This program builds off of Clorox's $1 million donation of disinfecting products to LTC homes in Ontario, Alberta and British Columbia in support of Canada's pandemic relief efforts. 

"In the first few weeks of the pandemic, it became clear that those living in long-term care facilities and their staff were going to be particularly susceptible to the SARS-CoV-2 virus," said Clorox Canada President and General Manager Dave Iacobelli. "We made a conscious decision to provide LTC homes across Canada with disinfecting products to support their safety and protection." READ MORE

Cascades PRO Brand Launches Educational Campaign to Promote the Importance of Hand Drying as a Critical Step in Germ Prevention

[September 10, 2020] – Cascades PRO, the professional hygiene brand of Cascades Inc., has launched a new hand hygiene campaign to promote the importance of hand drying in preventing the spread of bacteria, viruses and other infections. The mission of the campaign, titled "Hand Hygiene is a Two-Part Process," is to inform the public about the importance of hand drying as a critical part of the fight against infectious diseases, including COVID-19. READ MORE

ISSA Show North America 2020 Goes Virtual

[August 14, 2020] – ISSA Show North America announced today that the show will move to a fully virtual event over the same dates, November 16 - 19, 2020. ISSA Show North America will remain the primary event to network, learn best practices, and discover new products and solutions for the commercial, institutional, and residential cleaning industry. The transition of ISSA Show North America to a virtual event will offer exceptional content, the ability to source new products, learn, share ideas, and network in a convenient online setting. READ MORE

Coming Soon: GBAC STAR™ Services Accreditation for Cleaning Contractors

[August 4, 2020] – Based on demand from the facility services sector, ISSA and our Global Biorisk Advisory Council (GBAC) division, plan to launch the new GBAC STAR™ Services Accreditation Program by the end of August 2020. GBAC STAR Services will help building service contractors distinguish their cleaning, disinfection, and infectious disease prevention measures through third-party accreditation from GBAC's biorisk experts. READ MORE

UPDATED BENEFIT: Workloading & Bidding Tool Calculator

[July 16, 2020] – The benefits keep getting better and better! ISSA has updated and enhanced the Workloading & Bidding Tool Calculator to include a metric version and the ability to add daily and weekly frequencies. This enhanced too is available online and is exclusive for you as an ISSA Member. READ MORE

Empowering Our Essential Heroes

[April 24, 2020] There's only one way to beat this pandemic: together. And that means ensuring cleaning professionals have the training and information necessary to work competently and confidently. There's no better way to Clean with Confidence than by having the training and education to support it. To address the needs of cleaning professionals during the COVID-19 pandemic, Kimberly-Clark Professional™ has teamed up with ISSA and its Global Biorisk Advisory Council (GBAC™) division to sponsor a new scholarship program that empowers more than 10,000 cleaning professionals to enroll in ISSA'S GBAC Fundamentals Online Course at no cost.* READ MORE

ISSA Canada is Here For You - A Message to Canadian Members

[March 24, 2020] The Canadian Federal and Provincial Governments continue to stress the importance of self-isolation and social distancing to help contain the spread of COVID-19. The most recent order came Monday, March 23, when both the provinces of Ontario and Quebec ordered the mandatory closure of non-essential businesses as of 11:59 p.m. Tuesday, March 24. Please note that these closures do not include anyone working within the sanitary maintenance and cleaning industry. READ MORE

Special Announcement - New Show Dates Announced for ISSA Show Canada

[March 24, 2020] Based on recent reports from the World health Organization (WHO), the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and The Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC) and for the health and wellness of our valued show participants, the 2020 REMI Show, IFMA Global Canada, Greening Health Care Forum and ISSA Show Canada have re-scheduled our collective shows to September 2 and 3, 2020 at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre. READ MORE

Strategic Alliance Formed with The Infection Prevention Strategy (TIPS)

[October 11, 2019] ISSA Canada, a Division of ISSA – the worldwide cleaning industry association, is once again taking bold steps to unite the industry. In its efforts to connect with the healthcare and hospitality sectors, ISSA Canada is pleased to announce it has formed a strategic alliance with The Infection Prevention Strategy (TIPS). READ MORE

Sparkling Clean Canada Achieves CIMS-GB

[June 19, 2020] ISSA Canada, a division of ISSA, the worldwide cleaning industry association, is pleased to announce that Sparkling Clean Canada has achieved ISSA Cleaning Industry Management Standard CIMS-Green Building (GB) certification. Compliance with the standard shows that a cleaning organization has the systems in place to deliver consistent, professional services designed to meet customer needs and expectations. READ MORE

Brookfield Global Integrated Systems Embraces CIMS-GB

[November 7, 2018] ISSA Canada is pleased to announce that BGIS, a leading provider of real estate management services, has recently adopted ISSA’s Cleaning Industry Management Standard (CIMS) as part of its cleaning subcontractor pre-qualification requirements for future RFP’s where possible. This cleaning standard, known as CIMS-GB, will form part of the evaluation criteria for BGIS’s future janitorial service contracts. READ MORE

ISSA Canada Forms Building Service Contractor (BSC) Council

[January 15, 2018] ISSA Canada is pleased to announce that it has formed a Building Service Contractor (BSC) Council to strengthen the line of communication between the association the BSC sector. The purpose of this council is to provide input and consultation to ISSA Canada in order to improve the value of the association to building service contractors.ISSA Canada is pleased to announce that it has formed a Building Service Contractor (BSC) Council to strengthen the line of communication between the association the BSC sector. The purpose of this council is to provide input and consultation to ISSA Canada in order to improve the value of the association to building service contractors. READ MORE