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Our cover contractor John McLellan builds for Habitat for Humanity

It's nice to see contractors teaming up with building supplies manufacturers to support Habitat for Humanity, one of the best community-based charitable endeavours in our industry


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March 29, 2014 by Steve Payne

We just got this press release from contractor John McLellan, a good friend of Canadian Contractor who we featured on the cover of our August/September 2012 issue. 

PICKERING, ON – Roofers from across Durham Region volunteered their time to shingle six townhouses on March 26 and 27 as part of Habitat for Humanity’s Centre Town project in Oshawa.

Teams from John McLellan Contracting Inc., Brian’s Efficient Roofing, and two independent contractors supplied the labour. GAF, the largest roofing manufacturer in North America, supplied all the material needed for a five-part Timberline HD roofing system.

It was the second phase of the project to be supported by John McLellan Contracting Inc., which also helped to shingle four other Habitat for Humanity townhouses in 2013.

“We’re a community-based contractor and are thrilled to be able to support such a worthy project in our backyard,” says President John McLellan, who coordinated the roofing effort. “I have always admired the way Habitat for Humanity empowers the people who will live in these homes. This is perfect example of what it means to offer a hand up instead of a hand out.”

Each volunteer roofer is known for their commitment to professionalism, McLellan added. “In our industry, you get to know the good roofers from the bad. I was confident everyone involved in this project was committed to doing the job right.” John McLellan Contracting Inc. is based in Pickering. Brian’s Efficient Roofing is based in Bowmanville. Independent contractors supporting the work included Dave Manser and John Pellerine.

The Centre Town project began in 2012 and will include 24 townhomes. Between four and six units will be constructed per year. Habitat for Humanity Durham mobilizes volunteers and community partners to build affordable housing and promote home ownership as a means to breaking the cycle of poverty. Habitat for Humanity Canada, part of a worldwide network spanning 100 countries, has built 1,400 homes.

John McLellan Contracting Inc. is a privately held company which provides a wide range of construction-related solutions for homeowners and business owners alike. It is a GAF Certified Master Elite Roofing Contractor, member of the National Roofing Contractors Association, and two-time winner of the Ajax-Pickering Board of Trade’s Business Excellence Award.


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Steve Payne is the editor of Canadian Contractor magazine
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4 Comments » for Our cover contractor John McLellan builds for Habitat for Humanity
  1. ADDITION TO ARTICLE

    John’s and his company are also a GOLD member of CARAHS (Canadian Association of Renovators and Home Services and himself and company as Steve mentioned were feature as Steve in their on August/September 2012 edition.

    CARAHS nominated John & Co for this CC printed cover addition.

    Come join CARAHS, the Canadian Contractor and STOP the Trade Tax event, to stop the OCOT employing the self employed home renovator. Press conference at Queens Park 8th April. Call CARAHS Toll Free for your invite to shout down this upcoming change to the home renovation industry.,

  2. Questo says:

    Hey Alec, great, thanks to John and all of them which participate in this project.
    Just make sure to have really deep dark sun glass’s at the site to give to the OCOT inspectors if in case they show up.

    Alec, in this site is posted the good news about the Luina union’s local 625 Windsor and Toronto local 183, they have join all of us which want the OCOT abolished.

    The ECRA is allowing this fantasy to take place in the electrical trades, should be abolished too. In their forms, they want both, Certification title, and OCOT membership number, and apparently a new consent form. Clever, aren’t they?

    I believe the Minister Brad Duguid of MTCU should be asked to quit. He still believes on this elusion of OCOT.

    This is the mother of all conflicts.

    Lets see what will happen in April 8/2014 may after that could be a Province wide strike, who knows.

  3. Questo says:

    You Know Alec, There are a lot of flaws on the ESA/ECRA.

    One have to be at least 18 years old to became a master license, a few hours of exam and pay me that much, you know!!, but can’t be, unless have a C&Q, how that happen?

    If one needs four years electrical apprenticeship, plus three years journeyman, make what, (25) can you see where the 18 years old fits. This is only if one start at 18.

    And an electrical engineer can’t do electrical work, only in this Province, maybe Canada wide too. Believe me third world countries have better ways then we have in here. But wait, if one haven’ t C&Q in good status, I mean pay either MTCU or now this insane gustapo, OCOT, the so called master license and contractors license, no longer valid. So what kind of value this ECRA thing holds?

    This is all a crap, and treating trades people like children on their cost.

  4. alec says:

    hello everyone the big union that stood against the Ontario College of Trades and the other unions affiliated with OCOT was : TORONTO – North America’s largest construction union has joined the fight against the Ontario College of Trades (OCOT).

    From the Toronto sun last week.

    LiUNA Local 625, out of Windsor, is the first union to officially unite with the employer-driven Ontario Skilled Trades Alliance (OSTA) to oppose OCOT, accusing it of threatening the livelihood of its members.

    We need everyone to come and show there are against OCOT on the 8th April press conference at Queens Park. Invites only. Email monica@carahs.org to receive your invite.

    We need feet on the ground. Come off the job sites for a few hours and support your future, because right now your future of the industry has never look as gravely, under the threat of this ONTARIO COLLEGE OF TRADES.

    COME UP AND SUPPORT OBOLOSHIG THIS ORGANIZATION