“Setting the record straight” on the Ontario College of Tradesby canadiancontractor
An eloquent defence of all things OCOT by “Trades Person”
Electrician of 43 years’ service applauds the OCOT “wind down” announcementby canadiancontractor
“I watched my license fee go from $60 every 3 years to $138.50 annually”
Shutting down the Ontario College of Trades means “blue collar workers” will “never (be) professional”by canadiancontractor
In this post, reader Garrett Reid says shutting down the Ontario College of Trades will also mean his taxes go up
Praise for OCOT “wind down” and apprenticeship ratios moving to 1:1 in Ontarioby canadiancontractor
“I would like to see the ESA evaluated as well,” says Al
Got your trades education at school? Breaking into a union is the hard partby canadiancontractor
Network, network, network, says Guy, even if you think that unions like the IBEW are “closed shops”
What do you do if client demands to see receipts for your purchased items?by canadiancontractor
That’s fine if you are on a T&M basis. But not if you quoted a fixed price. Walk away, one contractor advises.
Interprovincial trades exam in Ontario: 70 per cent minimum pass needs to be loweredby canadiancontractor
Embrun, ON entrepreneur Marcel Blanchard weighs in on the obstacles to a trades career that Ontario’s policies have wrought
How IKO shingle dimensions provide an advantageby canadiancontractor
Compare the sizes and advantages of every asphalt roofing shingle IKO produces
HVAC contractor told he has to provide his receipts for all the parts he has used in the past, to get paid on his current jobby canadiancontractor
Richard Matthew says he is being threatened with non-payment unless he can provide all of his historic parts receipts. Comments?
Praise for the first instalment of Steve Maxwell’s “Inner Life of a Contractor”by canadiancontractor
Anthony Goosen believes that Steve’s “Are You Just Molecules or More?” is an important read
This is a stressful business. Are you feeling run down or worse? Read this.by canadiancontractor
Pro painter Simon Kuhl, Victoria, BC, recommends Reasons to Stay Alive by Matt Haig
Public misconceptions about why contractors need depositsby canadiancontractor
“We are not your (expletive) bank!” writes contractor Karl Bach
New! Schluter KERDI-SHOWER Traysby canadiancontractor
More shower trays. More possibilities.
He would like to see an inspection of OCOT’s inspectorsby canadiancontractor
Another HVAC contractor alleges unprofessional conduct by an OCOT enforcement officer
Why was owner of firm slammed with half a million dollar fine, while actual electrician has “zero consequences”?by canadiancontractor
“We live in a province where doctors and nurses kill people every single day. Yet none of them suffer personal consequences like this,” Rob says
Painter agreed a price with “homeowner,” who now tells him another contractor will pay himby canadiancontractor
The painter has almost finished his work, but wants to be paid by the individual who agreed the deal. If he’s paid as a sub by another contractor, he worries about his WSIB exemption.
Homebuilding client: Our contractor unfairly liened us!by canadiancontractor
This client believes she is the victim of a fraudulent or frivolous lien by a contractor. Ultimately, however, builders will only be able to successfully enforce liens when they can prove they have a legitimate claim. How can this problem be solved without both sides paying enormous legal fees?
Benefit of taking a system approach to specifying and installing building wrapby canadiancontractor
The TYPAR Weather Protection System includes building wraps, flashings, construction tape and fasteners