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Job of the week: Construction Project Manager, Starbucks, Vancouver

Instead of just spending your money in Starbucks, how about making good money building and renovating their stores?


Small contractors need to plan for skilled trade shortages

If you’re a small home renovations company, you may think the impending shortage of trades and training isn’t your problem. Think again. It may not seem like it, but as baby boomers move…


The ABCs of ICFs, a review

Since we ran our first article on ICFs (Insulated Concrete Forms) on this website last year, we’ve had a LOT of questions from contractors about what ICFs are, and how they can be used in renovation contracting and new homebuilding. Here’s the article again, with some interesting posts underneath it, including one today from Gary Brown at Amvic System, a major Canadian ICF supplier.


Why the Ontario College of Trades should be abolished: Interview with Garfield Dunlop, MPP (VIDEO)

When Garfield Dunlop speaks out so strongly against the Ontario College of Trades, he isn’t just being a Progressive Conservative politician taking shots at yet another bad idea from the Dalton McGuinty government. He’s speaking as a Canadian Contractor. He’s a plumber.

How to hire the right painter: A general contractor’s guide

Reaching for the Yellow Pages to find a painter is fine if all you want is the cheapest bid or someone to do mass production. But for most quality contractors, that is just too risky.


Canada wins gold at World Skills 2013: “The Olympics of the Skilled Trades”

Canada is now, officially, a world beater in hockey, curling, refrigeration and heating.


HUE Award nominations open for architects and designers

The prestigious HUE Awards are sponsored by Benjamin Moore.


RONA selling Noble, Don Park and other HVAC supply houses

Noble, Don Park and MPH Supplies, among other contractor supply houses, are being sold to EMCO, London, ON.

Why he gave up on the corporate world, at 27, to become a renovator

Marc is a student in the Building Renovation Technology program at George Brown College. His essay on why he wants to build a life and a career in the trades is inspiring: but he also has some words of warning for the industry – we have to do better at recruiting the next generation.


Dealing with building inspectors: Canadian Contractor wants your stories

Our upcoming story will help contractors to better handle their relationships with building inspectors of, ahem, “different levels of professionalism”