Canadian Contractor


February 15, 2018 News

Convicted contractor back on the tools

by John Bleasby

An Ontario contractor convicted in 2015 of ripping off his clients is back on the tools, having served his two year probation period.

February 14, 2018 Video

All About Fasteners, Episode 1: Concrete Anchors (VIDEO)

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This 3 minute video is brought to you by ITW

February 14, 2018 Video

Site Tips, Episode 2: How to precisely locate utility boxes underneath ceiling drywall (VIDEO)

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February 13, 2018 News

Things that go bump in the night (that shouldn’t!)

by John Bleasby

It’s a relief that my house isn’t collapsing, but still…

February 9, 2018 News

Towards the Passive House: A short history of energy-efficient housing in Canada (Part 1 of 5)

by Joseph Hough

A 5-part series for contractors in which we outline the basics of the history of energy-efficient housing in Canada.

February 8, 2018 News

Buying out the Boss: What our readers think

by John Bleasby

We revisit responses to a previous Contractor Dilemma Contest for insights

February 6, 2018 News

Task force calls for sprinklers in new homes

by John Bleasby

Sprinklers are effective, but what about the fire resistance of the house structure itself?

February 5, 2018 News

Shopping online for tools and materials? Share your experiences here.

by Steve Payne

Amazon, eBay, Craigslist, Kijiji and many more are doing huge business in tools and materials.

February 2, 2018 News

Aging in Place: What Canada can learn from Japan

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A recent report from Senior Care Canada examined aging in place strategies in Japan. There, the government has worked hard to quickly problem-solve and create solutions for the unique housing needs of seniors.

February 1, 2018 News

Ontario’s mandatory home energy audits: Boon or Boondoggle?

by John Bleasby

Ontario realtors call it, “expensive, inefficient and risky”

January 31, 2018 News

Trade contractors support Ottawa’s prompt payment proposal

by Steve Payne

The announcement comes on the heels of Ontario passing Bill 142, its own version of Prompt Payment legislation, in December

January 30, 2018 News

A Canadian victory at American home awards

by John Bleasby

Gonell Homes of Toronto captures two BALA’s at the International Builders’ Show

January 26, 2018 Video

Site Tips, Episode 1: PEX on a hose bibb to make future servicing easier (VIDEO)

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Canadian Contractor Site Tips are sponsored by Home Hardware

January 25, 2018 News

Site Tips: PEX pipe for an exterior hose bibb

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This tip was sent to us by Paul Baylis of R.H.Jones Mechanical Contractors, Prince George, B.C.

January 25, 2018 News

Doing the Step Code Two-Step

by John Bleasby

Are municipal councils in BC recognizing the risks of Step Code?

January 23, 2018 News

Heard about HER&D? It will change the way you build or renovate houses

by John Bleasby

Before codes require NZE, builders will need to know about energy rating disclosure

January 22, 2018 News

Endeavour Centre increases their range of sustainable building workshops for 2018

by John Bleasby

A Canadian learning facility focused on the leading edge of tomorrow’s housing techniques

January 16, 2018 News

Is the sun rising or setting on small scale residential solar?

by John Bleasby

What happens to financial viability as installation grants and big subsidies disappear?