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Leading B.C.-based restoration company marks new growth milestone

Canstar Restorations acquires Universal Restoration Systems to deliver “even better service” to Northern B.C.
Canstar Restorations offers residential, commercial, and institutional services to customers throughout B.C. and Alberta.

Beginning in 1985 with one employee, Canstar Restorations LP has grown throughout the past 38 years to now encompass more than 250 skilled employees, 11 branches throughout B.C. and Alberta (including four in the Lower Mainland), more than 110,000 square feet dedicated to contents storage and restoration, and an A+ rating from the Better Business Bureau.

Now, Canstar is thrilled to announce another exciting achievement in its ongoing mission to deliver the best and most extensive service of its kind in Western Canada.   

Canstar has acquired Universal Restoration Systems Ltd., a leading restoration company based in Prince George, with additional branches in Smithers, Terrace, and Quesnel.

“Universal is a proven leader and brings a team of experienced professionals to Canstar, enabling even better service to existing and new customers throughout Northern British Columbia,” says Ji Yoon, Canstar’s president and CEO. "The team at Universal offers comprehensive restoration services, encompassing everything from fire and flood remediation to mould removal, biohazard cleanup, and structural repairs.

“Universal’s dedication to excellence—and their aligned objectives with our own mission—makes them an invaluable addition. We’re thrilled to welcome Universal to the Canstar family. A special welcome to Ken Zwiers as he joins the Canstar executive team."

Zwiers, Universal’s founder and principal, echoes Yoon’s enthusiasm. 

“We’re excited to join Canstar and be a part of its growth. This partnership will allow both companies to better serve customers and provide an expansive range of services. We look forward to working together to continue providing excellent service and customer satisfaction.”

With the acquisition of Universal, Canstar expands its presence to a total of 14 branches, creating a Western Regional restoration platform with unparalleled expertise and resources.

The Canstar Group of Companies is now comprised of Canstar Restorations, ABK Restoration, NorHaz Solutions, and Universal Restoration.

About Canstar

Founded in 1985, Canstar is a leading Western Canadian full-service restoration provider with six branches across B.C.’s Lower Mainland and Alberta. Canstar offers a complete range of building- and contents-restoration services, including repairing fire, water, and storm damage. Visit to learn more. 

About ABK

ABK has been an integral part of the Okanagan insurance restoration community for over 20 years, particularly in its service to Kelowna, Kamloops, Penticton, and Summerland. ABK is a trusted vendor for numerous insurance companies and adjusters throughout the Okanagan and Kamloops regions—a testament to their enduring dedication and superior service standards. Visit to learn more.

About Norhaz

Norhaz Solutions is a full-service hazardous-materials-removal company operating out of all Canstar, ABK, and Universal offices. From industrial and mining projects to strata and residential claims, Norhaz removes hazardous materials of all kinds for any project size. Visit for more information.

About Universal

Operating out of four offices in Northern B.C., Universal services the insurance restoration needs of a multitude of communities. Boasting 19 years of local ownership, Universal combines in-depth local knowledge with the expertise and resources required to deliver top-tier customer service for claims of any scale, regardless of the season. For further details, visit

About the Canstar Group of Companies

The combined companies above comprise the Canstar Group of Companies, proudly providing property restoration services to the insurance industry, strata, schools, government, healthcare facilities, and more. With 14 offices, 150 vehicles, and over 350 restoration professionals, the Canstar Group stands as the singular comprehensive solution for all restoration requirements in B.C. and Alberta.