Knowledge, Experience, and a Reputation for Success

Founded in 1963, Santo Guizzetti and his three partners began operations with only four trucks. But what they lacked in machinery, they made up for with ambition, hard work, and dedication. Putting customer service and financial responsibility ahead of rapid growth, York Excavating and Grading gradually overtook the competition and established themselves as first in their industry throughout all of Southern Ontario and the GTA.

At the time of its foundation, the vast majority of excavation work was conducted with unskilled labour using rudimentary tools. As it appeared that construction would become increasingly mechanized over time, York made significant investments in both the skilled labour and the sophisticated equipment they would need to compete in a flooded marketplace.

In 1960’s, York Excavating was the first firm to employ “cable and gear” equipment. This equipment was state-of-the-art for the time and it gave the company distinct competitive advantage. As “cable and gear” usage became increasingly commonplace, York made a subsequent investment in hydraulic equipment, once again giving the company an edge over its competitors. It has been this type of innovation and foresight that has kept York Excavating and Grading financially viable and at the forefront of the construction industry.

Construction aside, York Excavating has also revolutionized business practices throughout the industry. From upper management to operators and labourers, York maintains a commitment to leadership, teamwork, and safety that permeates every corner of the organization. These values have allowed us to maintain a stable workforce, even while the company undergoes a period of growth or transition. In fact, our employee retention rate is consistently double that of the national average for construction workers. In this, we are extremely proud. After 46 years of work in a highly competitive field, York Excavating and Grading continues its lifelong streak of profitability, while solidifying its name across Southern Ontario and beyond.

Partial Client List:

  • Aecon Group Inc.
  • HR Developments
  • City of Toronto
  • McNally Construction Inc.
  • Concord Adex Inc.
  • Metro Toronto Convention Centre
  • Eastern Construction Company Ltd
  • PCL Constructors Inc.
  • Empire Communities
  • Province of Ontario
  • EllisDon Corporation
  • Times Group Corporation
  • Government of Canada
  • Conservatory Group 

  • Safety, Health, Environment

    Since its foundation nearly 50 years ago, York Excavating and Grading has developed a noted reputation for making the safety and security of its workers of primary concern. While our team will always endeavour to provide services that meet the highest standards of quality and excellence, no achievement is ever worth risk of serious injury.

    For this reason, York Excavating and Grading maintains a diverse staff of employees with vast experience in the fields of civil engineering, industrial hygiene and manufacturing. Additionally, many of our personnel are trained and licensed in occupational health and safety administration, quality assurance, and quality control. We also support a policy of continuous training in order to ensure that all workers are kept abreast of the most current safety protocols pertaining to the use of their equipment or their general working environment.

    York Excavating and Grading only invests in equipment and machinery that is up-to-date and thoroughly tested for quality and safety. We ensure that all personal safety equipment is regularly upgraded, and all vehicles are inspected on a daily basis.

    Largely due to our never-ending commitment to the health and safety of our workers, York Excavating and Grading is proud to boast an employee retention level that is consistently double the nation average for companies in the field of construction.


    York - A Leader in the GTA

           50 years of Excellence

    York has a reputation as one of the top contractors in the GTA & Southern Ontario




    Safety is paramount at York

    York takes safety very seriously by providing continuous training,
    regular inspections and maintaining up to date equipment.