Urban Life Solutions — USA

overview of urban life solutions

Founded in 1989 and headquartered in Alberta, Urban Life Solutions (“ULS”) provides outdoor maintenance services to municipalities, government agencies, and large commercial customers, on long-term contracts. It has over 900 employees and more than 700 subcontractors.

ULS has its roots as a landscaping and snow plowing contractor in AB and SK and has since grown substantially organically and through the following acquisitions:

  • City Wide Towing: roadside assistance in AB
  • P Munro Group: landscaping and snow/​ice management in ON and QC
  • John Sweeping: flushing and sweeping in ON and QC
  • Richard’s Sweeping: flushing and sweeping in ON
  • Forest Ridge Landscaping: landscaping and snow/​ice management in ON

uls acquisition strategy & capabilities

Private equity firm Signal Hill Equity Partners is providing the financial backing for the continued growth of ULS. 

ULS has a history of successful acquisitions and has refined its process to ensure a smooth transition for independent business owners, their employees, and clients. 

ULS’s objective is to gain a footprint in most metro areas in Canada and the northern US, to better service large accounts, to improve responsiveness to municipal and government tenders, and to reap the benefits of coast-to-coast and cross-border operations.

ULS has retained FirePower to identify and engage with new acquisition opportunities.

what uls looks for


  • Essential services provided to municipalities, regional governments, and large corporations, such as snow plowing & landscaping maintenance (primary focuses), and asphalt repair, ice control, flushing, street sweeping, and other similar services (secondary)
  • Little to no general contracting work
  • Majority of work must be performed in-house (no more than 25% subbed out)


  • Mid-sized and large cities in US Northeast & Great Lakes


  • Government agencies, municipalities and other large commercial customers (no residential)
  • $15m or more in revenue is preferred


  • Non-unionized
  • Must be a platform with standalone accounting and HR departments


  • Open to different structures, including 100% acquisitions or a merger with ULS

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