Canadian Contractor


May 13, 2015 News

CIBC poll has some good news and bad news for contractors

by Steve Payne

More Canadians say they will do some reno work on their homes this year (42 per cent) than last year (40 per cent). But budgets are down almost $3,000 compare with last year.

May 13, 2015 News

Radon Gas! Hiding in wait for you in residential home renovations

by Alec Caldwell

Over 20,000 Canadians die from lung cancer every year. Yes, smoking is the most common cause. But did you know that Radon gas is the second-leading cause of lung cancer? About 16 per cent of all cases.

April 30, 2015 News

Under-the-table residential construction worth $12-billion a year: StatsCan

by Steve Payne

Residential construction is 28.3 per cent of the total $42.4-billion underground economy in Canada

April 29, 2015 News

Survey: 75 per cent of homeowners did NOT check online reviews before hiring contractors

by Steve Payne

Only FOUR per cent of the survey respondents say they “always” check contractors’ reviews online

April 28, 2015 News

Residential construction needs 129,000 new skilled workers over next decade

by Steve Payne

With modest growth in new housing, and with Canadian housing stock ageing, construction jobs will continue to shift to the renovation sector, the report says.

April 18, 2015 News

Watch a thief stealing tools from a Regina home under construction

by Steve Payne

After tools worth $4,000 went missing, Regina contractor Dan Banesh brought in security cameras.

April 18, 2015 News

‘Fast tracking’ building permits in Surrey, B.C.

by Steve Payne

Normally, the City of Surrey takes 4-6 weeks to process a permit. But if contractors join their Registered Builder program, permits can be issued within 10 days.

April 18, 2015 News

Ontario home purchasers still in love with brick, block and stone

by Steve Payne

British Columbians often shake their heads at Ontarians obsession with brick housing, but the status symbol of masonry just never seems to diminish in Southern Ontario

April 18, 2015 News

Trade contractors meet in Ottawa to urge Prompt Payment legislation

by Steve Payne

South of the border 49 of the 50 states have adopted prompt payment legislation. The United Kingdom, Ireland, Australia, and New Zealand have also enacted prompt payment laws. Why is Canada – both federally and provincially – so slow to act?

April 18, 2015 News

Building trades union to build $1.2 million monument to construction workers in Ottawa

by Steve Payne

A monument to remember workers killed or injured on the job, a great idea. Comments from the union organization heading up the project that their members build pretty well everything in the country, not so great.

April 15, 2015 News

Canadian resale house prices up 4.7 per cent in past year

by Steve Payne

This national resale price increase is driven by red hot markets in Toronto and Vancouver – and held in check by slumping markets in Ottawa-Gatineau and Winnipeg.

April 15, 2015 News

Calgary’s Albi Homes wins Deloitte Best Managed Company award

by Steve Payne

You have to know what business you are in – and what type of work you want to do. Albi Homes’ president Allan Klassen attributed his company’s success to “direction” and “focus.”

April 14, 2015 News

The Top 3 accounting methods and the lies they tell to contractors

by Victoria Downing

Should you run your contracting firm on the Cash Method, the Billings Accrual Method or the Completed Jobs Accrual Method? Take 4 minutes to read this, and you will probably know.

April 13, 2015 News

Publisher Rob on new reno TV show, starting tonight, Monday, 11 pm ET

by Steve Payne

See Canadian Contractor’s Rob Koci on the new Discovery Canada renovation show BLOOD, SWEAT AND TOOLS, premiering tonight at 10 pm ET.

April 1, 2015 News

DULUX: Canada’s fastest-growing paint brand?

by Steve Payne

Getting pro painters to switch paint brands is a tough task. But Dulux Paints seems to making headway – when it was barely recognized in Canada only five years ago.

March 12, 2015 News

VIDEO: Interview with Melissa Almonte, Gregor Homes, about the Dove Missions project in the Dominican Republic

by Steve Payne

Dove Missions is doing some fine work in Puerto Plata, helping to build, at a grassroots level involving local tradesmen working side-by-side with Ontario contractors, a much-needed Youth Centre.

March 11, 2015 News

J.A.B.A. Construction, Saskatoon, in ‘white knight’ renovation rescue

by John Bleasby

Armed with an insurance payout, Janice Braden of Saskatoon hired a local contractor to repair the damage to her home caused by ice dams on her roof. But a so-called contractor took off with her money. It has taken J.A.B.A Construction and TrustedSaskatoon.com, among others, to bail Braden out of her renovation nightmare.

March 4, 2015 News

Ontario contractors, volunteering in Dominican Republic, ready to raise roof on Youth Centre

by John Bleasby

A group of volunteers that includes the family behind Barrie, Ontario’s Gregor Homes, is helping Dove Missions Canada to complete the construction of a vital youth centre in Puerta Plata. They could use your time, volunteerism and resources.