Hey Ontario contractors: Show your opposition to the new College of Trades tax at Queen's Park on Tuesdayby Alec Caldwell
The Canadian Association of Renovators and Home Services (CARAHS) has now joined the coalition against the new Ontario College of Trades and its punitive tax ($120 compulsory membership fees). Join us in showing your opposition to the College at 11 am on Tuesday, West Wing, Queen’s Park
Man the barricadesby Robert Koci
Being illegitimate is no fun. Being on the wrong side of the law is no fun. But when you become the agents of injustice by obeying the law, something’s got to give. For justice’s sake, sometimes, it’s necessary.
A little known way to reach potential customersby Robert Koci
At a very basic level, Hometalk is great for market research. A once-a-day or even once-a-week scan can keep you up-to-date on trends and what homeowners are asking for.
What will it take to beat the cash economy?by Robert Koci
With the punitive costs of HST/GST, income, corporate and payroll taxes, workers comp payments and insurance, it seems like there’s an epidemic of contractors working for cash. Can you compete with them? Or should you join them?
The risks of cash and how you can avoid themby Robert Koci
Doing underground work is a drug you don’t want to get addicted to
Tree protection, good and badby Robert Koci
Keeping the site neat is a very good way to leave a good public impression
Cornwall, Ont. barber goes public with refusal to pay College of Trades feesby Steve Payne
Chris Bourgon says that the Ontario College of Trades will, effectively, be taking all his earnings from 4 days of work. He sees absolutely no value at all in the College. He’s not alone.
Accessibility renovations: tax credit available in Ontarioby Steve Payne
The same provincial government that brought in the Ontario College of Trades, to “tax” licensed tradespeople, is now handing out money for accessibility renovations.
Contractor says Ontario College of Trades the last straw: "Guess I'll… get out of business."by Steve Payne
“I’m fed up,” contractor says.
Video: Rob, Steve and readers weigh in on the Ontario College of Trades’ fees for "compulsory" tradesby Robert Koci
The College will be invoicing lots of you in April. $120 for licensed trades in certain categories, and $60 for apprentices. Many readers of Canadian Contractor are angry about this, saying that the College is offering little or no value in return.
How to "qualify" renovation prospectsby Steve Payne
The telephone can be the fastest and best way to qualify a customer. There is a simple but powerful question you can ask, over the phone, that can help create trust between you and the prospect.
How he sold his renovation businessby Steve Payne
Edmonton contractor sold his business for close to $500,000. The buyer got excellent value and has already started to move the business to even greater heights. The key to selling a renovation business is to make sure it can run without you, using proper systems.
How does a video like this get over 30,000 views!!by Robert Koci
No offense to this guy, really, but how do five tips on bathroom renos that start with “Make sure you have a really, really good plan” get 30,162 hits? How desperate can we be for tips? I waited patiently for…
China hold-out houseby Steve Payne
Just found this heart-warming story in the Toronto Star. An elderly couple in Wenling, Zheijang Province, China, didn’t agree with the government’s offered price to expropriate and demolish their home, so that a highway could go through their village (destroying all…
How one contractor helped a homeowner when others wouldn't return her callby Steve Payne
Contractors like Gabe and Ross are posting their projects online and describing how they’ve been able to be heroes to their customers.
Ontario College of Trades compulsory trades fees announced: Opponents respondby Steve Payne
The Ontario Construction Employers Coalition, which is leading a grassroots campaign against the College, says the fledgling governing body is nothing but a way to “tax” the province’s tradespeople.
Remembering Randell Morris: Saskatchewan skilled trades visionaryby Steve Payne
Randell was dedicated to youth and education. He was a kind, gentle man with a quick wit and ready smile.
Don't be fooled by R Values: see the live presentationby Steve Payne
Canadian Contractor’s Rob Koci, with the truth about the sometimes-unreliability of R Values, live at the Homebuilder & Renovator Expo, Toronto, Nov. 28th.