Magazine for professional home renovators.

Steve Payne

Fair Construction campaign launched to stop construction labour monopolies on publically-funded construction

With competition for publically-funded construction projects now restricted in the Region of Waterloo, ON, the pool of companies who qualify to compete on one of its publically funded projects has shrunk from 9 to 2.

(Inspectors) change the way they apply the code for each builder

It remains to be seen how the changes to the B.C. building code will be applied. The head of the GVHBA has been quoted as saying the changes will add $5,000 to $10,000 to the cost of a new house.

In most countries worth living in, unions do have tax-free status. But only in Canada is that allowed without openness and audited books.

Robert Sloan, Langstaff and Sloan, weighs in Bill C-377, which would force unions to open up their books to the public.

When I do my quote, I always add 7.5 per cent extra for the “work permit” (WSIB)

“In my case I do flooring and I have to pay $7.50 to WSIB for each $100 I make.”

WSIB denies OFL claim that it paid safety rebates to firms convicted of safety violations

The WSIB, accused of paying safety rebates – totalling in the millions – to safety violating firms, has defended itself in this press release

Send us your stories about your client’s neighbours trying to shut down your project

Were you able to find a way to make nice with the angry neighbour, even getting them to back off and remove their formal objections to City Hall?

B.C. building code changes will add $5,000 to $10,000 to cost of constructing a new home, GVHBA head says

B.C.’s residential building code has been updated, with important new rules about HVAC/R systems, insulation, and the performance of windows and doors.

CMHC says ‘no housing bubble’ forming in Canada

The CMHC’s report, called House Price Analysis and Assessment, will reassure some of those who think that Canada’s housing market is due for a major price correction.


Price of average new ground-related house in GTA approaches $700k

Toronto’s land development and homebuilder organization, BILD, says that “ground related homes” (detached, semi-detached and town houses) have hit record high prices because of constrained land supply, an outdated planning approvals process and increased government fees.

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