5 Branches to service you

Vanguard Steel consists of four divisions listed below. Each highlight their unique position in the marketplace.

Specialty Steel

Rounds, Flats, Squares, Plates, Tool & Die Steels, Powder Metal Tool Steels, Alloy (Machinery) Steels, Carbon Steels, Precision Ground Shafting, Drill Rod, Precision Flat Ground Stock, etc…

Industrial & Ringing Hardware

Wire Ropes & Cables, Strands, Wires, Chain Hooks, Chains, Chain Hoists, Hardware, ‘Golden U-Bolt’® Forged Clips, ‘Gold Pin’® Shackles, Rigging Hardware, Cargo Control Hardware, Trailer Hardware, Material Handling Products,, Builder’s Hardware, Nylon Slings, etc…

Welding Consumable

Stainless Steel Mig & Tig Wires, Aluminum Wires, Flux Cored Wires, CO-2 Wires, Stainless & Mild Steel Electrodes, Tungsten Electrodes, Specialty Electrodes, Pickling Paste, Abrasives & Wire Brushes, etc…

Industrial Knives

Knives, Knife Holders & Accessories for: Pulp & Paper Converting, Woodworking, Plastic Film & Foil, Textile, Rubber, Steel Processing, etc…




Vanguard steel is large enough to matter, yet small enough to care.

 Vanguard Steel has come from humble roots, starting in 1960, supplying specialty steel and steel products to North American Industries.

By representing some of the most reputable manufacturers from around the globe, many of which are being manufactured to Vanguard’s specifications that meet, and often exceed industry standards.

Since then, they have grown into 5 branches in major cities nationwide, with more than half a million square feet of warehouse space.

 Here today, Here to stay.

 Vanguard steel has celebrated a significant milestone. 60 years in business is a milestone that represents the type of strength and stability few companies achieve and this speaks to the financial security they have. 60 years under the same ownership with the same vision of quality products and exceptional service gives you the confidence of consistency in quality, brand recognition and reliability.

We’ve gone green – Paperless Invoices Emailed

Valued Customer,

We’re pleased to announce that we have chosen a new, paperless invoice solution to add convenience and flexibility for you, our customers.

The transition is seamless. To enrol in our paperless billing program, just follow the link and complete the online application. Then, once your account has been activated for electronic invoicing, we will start sending invoices to the email account of your choosing.

You will need:

  • Account number
  • Contact Name
  • Company Name
  • Email address

Note: a confirmation email will be sent that needs to be validated.

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Vanguard Quality – Value meets Quality
A lot of thought went into these two letters because of what it entails.

Vanguard Steel has spent the last 57 years working with factories around the world to bring quality made products at a value that is competitive. They believe there is a line where Quality and Value cross and this is where they have spent their energy focusing on; the three pillars. Every one of their products that carries the ‘VQ’ logo has been hand selected for being the best in each category;

Quality of how the product is manufactured.

When weighing these points there are a number of questions that need to be asked. Each question has a point factor which then gets added up to give a score. Only the best of these make the cut.

The effectiveness of how well the product performed in the field. Not all products perform equally in the field so that is why they spend the time selecting and correct each of the VQ products until they make the cut.

Price is where everything ends up being judged. Here is where the final tests are done. With every drop in price, there is something that will be sacrificed and they have gone over this in fine detail. You can rest assured that every effort has been made to make sure you don’t pay higher than you need to without sacrificing quality or effectiveness of the product.

The VQ brand is a promise that every effort has been made to help you buy with confidence.


Letter from our CEO and President

To all our valued customers,

At Vanguard Steel Ltd. we are wholly committed to the health and wellbeing of our customers, business partners, and staff- and never more so than at this time. Our focus is on preparedness and rest assured, during these uncertain times, Vanguard Steel Ltd. will continue to try and maintain the highest level of customer service you have all come to expect and deserve.

We are taking steps to mitigate COVID-19 transmission by following the Public Health Agency of Canada guidelines and we have made changes to our business over the last few weeks to help slow the spread of the virus by reducing unnecessary travel, reduced outside sales activities, reinforced hygiene protocols and restricted access to our facilities. We communicate regularly with employees to update them on the situation and to remind them to remain vigilant, practice good hygiene, and immediately seek medical attention should they exhibit any symptoms of the novel coronavirus. Our goal is to continue to provide a safe workplace for our employees, and to continue to serve our customers without interruption.

Currently, there has been no major disruption to our business or supply chain. We continue to closely monitor the pandemic to assess risks and protect our people and processes as we follow and adjust in accordance to the latest Policies and Guidelines on COVID-19 provided from Canadian authorities.

Our thoughts go out to the people who have been affected by this unprecedented event and we are grateful for the public health authorities, healthcare workers and local communities who are on the front line working to contain the virus.

Together, we will get through this. Please take care of yourself and each other.


Craig Spence
President & CEO