Canadian Contractor


September 12, 2020  

Record lumber prices adding thousands of dollars to new home building costs

Soaring lumber and wood panel prices are adding thousands

September 10, 2020  

Great Expectations

Four smart ways to cope with the growing demands of today’s digitally fluent customers

September 10, 2020  

Lowe’s Canada launches VIPpro program at its Lowe’s, RONA, and Reno-Depot corporate stores

As part of its efforts to continuously improve the

September 10, 2020  

Pella Corporation releases free e-book ‘Building For Success: A plan for continued growth in building and remodeling’

During these uncertain economic times, home builders and contractors

July 13, 2020  

Addressing higher construction costs during COVID-19

This article is intended as an update of a

June 3, 2020  

RealSpace3D – Five ways to use 3D renderings improve your next project

This is a sponsored post from RealSpace3D In the

May 21, 2020  

ULI to host #PulseCheck: Canadian Market Update webinar

Join ULI’s Canadian District Councils (Alberta, British Columbia, Ottawa

May 4, 2020  

2021 colour trends, pantone palettes explored in webinars from IHA

The key to attracting consumers’ eyes in the coming

July 27, 2015  

Having trouble collecting your holdback? Read this…

Nobody can afford to give a 10 per cent discount to a customer by being denied their rightful holdback cheque. Our contractor coach Mike Draper gives you some tips on getting your final cheque.

June 4, 2015  

Contractors rank price of materials as most important factor only 28 per cent of time: Salary Survey

Selection, Service and Convenience – when shopping for materials and supplies – were chosen by almost 3 times as many contractors as those who told us that Price was number one

March 4, 2015  

Homebuilder association gives thumbs up to a Vancouver regional tax

Contractors and developers are among the most vocal anti-tax business people in Canada. But the Greater Vancouver Home Builders’ Association (GVHBA) has come out in favour of a 0.5% regional tax in Vancouver to pay for transit and infrastructure.

February 4, 2015  

B.C. builders protest rebar tariffs that could raise prices 41 per cent

The B.C. government and the province’s builders are protesting a Canada-wide tariff on Asian rebar imports. Shipping costs from domestic rebar producers make Canadian product unaffordable, they claim.

February 4, 2015  

Should Henry Bugden take this job as a "property manager?"

In this case study, an odd jobs man gets a chance to double his income by working for a rich business magnate and his “bossy” wife. Are the red flags worth the risk? Let us know what you think.

November 7, 2013  

RenoSummit seminar report: How much should you be marking up your work?

Contractors should be marking up their direct job costs (labour and material) between 50 and 65 per cent, if they want to make a good profit, Remodelers Advantage president Victoria Downing told contractors in Whitby, ON

November 4, 2013  

Protecting cash flow

Learning to manage cash flow is one of the

October 9, 2013  

VIDEO: Flip School's Ian Szabo talks about keeping a positive mindset when renovating

Keeping your cool under pressure in this crazy business of renovating houses is a matter of learning to “hit the reset button” in your own head, Ian Szabo advises.

April 25, 2013  

April 30 tax filing deadline: Who can claim self-employment

The tax advantages of declaring yourself self-employed are obvious. But be aware that Ottawa has four specific rules for the definition of “self-employment.”

April 10, 2013  

Unions lobby for CPP increase across Canada

CPP premiums are high enough.