Work Authority

At Habitat for Humanity Heartland Ontario, safety is key. Volunteers and staff at the Habitat ReStores and build sites can rest assured that their safety is the organization’s top priority.

Based out of Cambridge, Ontario, Work Authority has been “the authority on safety footwear and apparel” for over 30 years. Today, the company is owned by the U.S.-based VF Corporation and continues to uphold its strict quality standards. As Store Manager Bob Hartleib notes, “The Work Authority goal is to be the safety leader in footwear and clothing across Canada.”

With many years of retail management under his belt, Bob has enjoyed partnering with Habitat to donate Work Authority CSA green triangle to the ReStores and build sites, and to offer discounts and vouchers to Habitat Volunteers and Staff. “We donate CSA-approved safety footwear that have been exchanged due to fit issues,” Bob explains. The CSA mark of approval confirms that a product has been independently tested and certified for safety and performance, so Habitat employees and volunteers can tackle any job with confidence.

When asked about why Work Authority chose Habitat as a partner, Bob is quick to reply. “[Habitat] has a strong and consistent message across the country and has been associated with many great causes,” he says. Bob also highlights the sense of community and close relationships that characterize the organization: “I’ve been involved with Habitat Heartland in London for a few years now and have really enjoyed our time together. Our company has had many different experiences and developed many relationships with Habitat for Humanity Heartland Ontario. Great work, folks!”

Habitat’s many workers and volunteers are so grateful to Bob and the whole team at Work Authority for their ongoing generosity and commitment to our community—thank you for all you do!

2 volunteers putting on workboots on a Habitat build site



~Article by Catie, Habitat Volunteer