In 1989, Marcel Bourassa found a small company called Savaria that was building wheelchair lifts. Looking for a business he could grow for the long term, he saw the potential to serve the growing needs of the aging population. He purchased Savaria and set upon a path to expand the company’s product line and distribution.
As the CEO of Savaria today, Marcel looks back on 30 years of history with a deep sense of pride for what the entire team at the company and he have accomplished to become a leading manufacturer in the accessibility industry. In 2014, he created the Bourassa Savaria Foundation to give back to people challenged with mobility issues.
Savaria is all about products that help improve mobility. Whether that is for your home or in public spaces, we design and build products to make life more accessible. Savaria employs over 2,300 people around the world including 50 staff in research and development dedicated to creating new products and innovations for improving existing products.
Our product portfolio is one of the widest in the world and includes home elevators, commercial lifts, stairlifts and ceiling lifts. Complementing our Savaria manufacturing facilities in North America, Mexico and China are our Handicare stairlift factories and distribution centres in the UK and Netherlands. This worldwide presence allows us to more efficiently reach global markets to meet the needs of specific customer requirements.
At the heart of the company, our employees know what they do can make a true, positive difference in people’s lives. We are proud of our customer service that ensures the longevity of our customer relationships.
Company foundedJanuary 1, 1979
Purchased by Marcel Bourassa
Purchased by Marcel BourassaJanuary 1, 1989
Becomes publicly traded TSX:SIS
Becomes publicly traded TSX:SISJanuary 1, 2002
Acquisition of Concord Elevator & Van Action
Acquisition of Concord Elevator & Van ActionJanuary 1, 2005
Opens Savaria Huizhou manufacturing (China)
Opens Savaria Huizhou manufacturing (China)January 1, 2007
Acquisition of Liberty Motor Co & Viewpoint Mobility
Acquisition of Liberty Motor Co & Viewpoint MobilityOctober 1, 2010
Asset purchase of Silver Cross
Asset purchase of Silver CrossJanuary 1, 2014
Acquisition of 3 Silver Cross stores
Acquisition of 3 Silver Cross storesJanuary 1, 2015
Asset purchase Shoppers Automotive division
Asset purchase Shoppers Automotive divisionJanuary 1, 2016
Asset purchase of Premier Lifts & Visilift, acquisitions of Span-America & Master Lifts
Asset purchase of Premier Lifts & Visilift, acquisitions of Span-America & Master LiftsJanuary 1, 2017
Asset purchase of H.E.S. Elevator Services & Acquisition of Garaventa Lift
Asset purchase of H.E.S. Elevator Services & Acquisition of Garaventa LiftJanuary 1, 2018
Acquisition of Florida Lifts LLC & Silvalea
Acquisition of Florida Lifts LLC & SilvaleaJanuary 1, 2019
Acquisition of Handicare
Acquisition of HandicareJanuary 1, 2021
Acquisition of Ultron
Acquisition of UltronJanuary 1, 2022