• Construction and Contractor Activities


    The Construction Compliance & Permits Office defines all relevant regulatory and airport compliance requirements for any construction or contractor activity within Toronto Pearson Airport lands through the Airport Construction Code and verifies through the Facility Alteration Permit (FAP) process, specifically:

    • Building Code Compliance Assessment for all construction projects at Toronto Pearson;
    • Contractor Safety Pre-Qualification for all contractors working for the GTAA;
    • Contractor Project Specific Health & Safety Assessment for all contractors working at Toronto Pearson;
    • Overview of the GTAA Utilities Locates and the Utility Damage Prevention Program for all GTAA underground utilities at Toronto Pearson; and
    • Issuance of Facility Alteration Permits, and Occupancy/Use Permits for all construction projects and applicable contractor activities conducted on Airport lands.

    Construction Process and other Contractor Activities

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    • Contractor Onboarding

      The GTAA Contractor Safety Pre-Qualification Process is managed by the Construction Compliance & Permits Office (CCPO) and requires that all new contractors (Construction, Maintenance or Services) working for the GTAA and all existing pre-qualified contractors requiring the renewal of their pre-qualification access the process guidelines and the application form below.

      Submissions For New Contractors

      For all work being initiated by the GTAA, once the decision has been made to award a contract - the Contractor’s Safety Pre-Qualification Application must be completed by the contractor however, must be submitted to CCPO by the GTAA Initiator/Contract Administrator. Completed applications and supporting documentation must be sent to constructioncompliance@gtaa.com for assessment. Upon receipt of the application and required submissions, the CCPO will then communicate directly with the contractor should additional information be required.

      Submission for Contractor Renewals

      Completed applications and supporting documentation can be sent directly by the contractor to constructioncompliance@gtaa.com for assessment.

      Once all required documentation is submitted and our review is completed, CCPO will then issue to the contractor a “Contractor Safety Pre-Qualification Status Letter” specifying the type of work the contractor has been pre-qualified to undertake for the GTAA and an expiry date. Renewal of this pre-qualification is required every two years. During the two-year valid period, a copy of the issued Letter must be included with all submissions to the GTAA during the competitive bidding (either request for proposals or tender) process.

      Effective January 1, 2018 to December 31, 2020

      As part of the contractors’ GTAA Safety Pre-Qualification, contractors taking on the role of a Constructor (construction manager or general contractor) for GTAA projects greater than $5M, will be required to be Certificate of Recognition (CORTM) certified or can demonstrate active pursuit of certification by providing an IHSA issued “Letter of Intent” in the interim.

      Effective January 1, 2021

      All Contractors taking on Project responsibilities of the “constructor” for any GTAA Project will be required to be Certificate of Recognition (CORTM) certified demonstrated by their submission of their IHSA issued “Letter of Good Standing”.

      By achieving COR Certification, the constructor demonstrates that their health and safety management system has been developed, implemented, and will be evaluated on an annual basis through comprehensive internal and external audits and checks. For more detailed information about COR Certification, please visit the IHSA web page ihsa.ca/cor.

    • Access to GTAA ProjectWise and eShare

      Consultants and contractors working on GTAA-sponsored projects at the airport are able to request direct access to the GTAA technical document management system, ProjectWise, and the cloud-based document collaboration and transfer system, eShare, where direct access to ProjectWise is not required. For Contractors working on GTAA projects, you may request access to either system through your GTAA Project Manager or Tenant representative.

    • Data Provision Request

      Questions? Contact the Engineering Data team.


      Data provisions are prepared every Friday for requests received before the end of business on Wednesday of the same week. Include the following on the Data Request Form:

      • GTAA project manager, or leasing representative must be noted on all requests for information;
      • GTAA project number or lease agreement number must be included if assigned;
      • Detailed description of project;
      • Specific location of project; and
      • Recipient of information.

      NOTE: Engineering Data will deliver a transmittal document to the recipient of the information to be provided as part of the request. The transmittal document must be signed and returned to the GTAA by a signing authority of the requesting company before data will be supplied.

      By signing, the requesting company acknowledges and agrees to abide by the terms and conditions laid out on the transmittal document and commits to provide final as-built and/or record data to the GTAA upon completion of the project.

    • Drawing Number Requests

      Drawings numbers can only be assigned by the GTAA Engineering Data unit. Please prepare a list of drawings in Excel format and forward to the Supervisor Engineering Data Operations. The list should include a drawing description, sheet numbers if applicable and be grouped by discipline.

    • CADD Standards

      All construction projects at the GTAA require that detailed drawings (Adobe PDF files for all sheet drawings and CADD data used to produce the plans) detailing all work to be completed are submitted. Please ensure that you review the GTAA CADD Standard Guide before your design team starts their work to ensure all submission requirements are understood and your drawings and data will be in an acceptable format for turn-over. Contact the Engineering Data unit if you have any questions about the CADD Standards.

    • Record Data Submissions

      Upon completion of construction, final turnover of documentation must include a single contiguous CADD dataset for each engineering discipline as laid out in the GTAA CADD Standards Guide, in addition to Adobe PDF and source CADD sheet files of stamped as-built files. Please review the Record Data Submissions Guide prior to initiating design to avoid delays for your project's final close-out. Contact the Engineering Data Unit if you have any questions about the requirements.

  • References

    Airport Construction Code:

    Airport Construction Code

    The Airport Construction Code provides a comprehensive and precise set of requirements to assist in the planning of contractor activities and construction within facilities, operational areas and structures controlled by the GTAA, as well as land parcels and spaces leased to GTAA's tenants.

    Compliance is mandatory for all contractor activities at Toronto Pearson Airport.

    The Construction Compliance & Permits Office administers its role through this code to regulate design standards, control construction practices of permitted projects and ensure compliance to safety regulations for all contractor activities.

    Guideline Documents



    Contact the Construction Compliance & Permits Office at (416) 776-5400.