Canadian Contractor

Trades & Hiring

March 18, 2020 News

Surrey receives funding for trades training

by Rob Blackstien

Provincial government is funding this education

January 14, 2020 News

Apprenticeship training programs on the rise

by Rob Blackstien

A renewed interest in the trades is great news for the industry

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.

January 27, 2015 News

What should Simon do? Your answers

by Robert Koci

We asked you, in our Nov/Dec issue, to tell us what YOU would do if your best employee pulled a fast one by switching a door – for the best of all possible reasons.

November 4, 2013 News

Small contractors need to plan for skilled trade shortages

by Brynna Leslie

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 out, the labour market is going to

October 30, 2013 News

Is your crew undermining your reputation as a contractor?

by Brynna Leslie

“I watched as a crew showed up the day after Canada Day to spend four hours sitting on the front porch, drinking coffee and smoking cigarettes.”

January 26, 2012 Voice

Union bully boys

by Robert Koci

Let’s learn how to protect ourselves from union bullying before the fight starts

December 15, 2011 Voice

The 3 million dollar road Part 4: $3 million and beyond

by Mike Draper

Before growing from $2 million per year to $3 million and beyond, a contractor needs to make sure his business is running at a very profitable level.

November 8, 2011 Voice

Greek Lesson

by Robert Koci

I find it strange. When it comes to the finances of your reno business and your personal life, everyone expects you will use a well thought out budget as the core of a sustainable plan. It will include debt and/or