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June 25, 2013 News

RONA selling Noble, Don Park and other HVAC supply houses

by Steve Payne

Noble, Don Park and MPH Supplies, among other contractor supply houses, are being sold to EMCO, London, ON.

June 25, 2013 News

Contractor U: Do you have a vision and a plan?

by Mike Draper

I recommend that renovation contractors have a Three Year Plan. Three years is a good timeframe as it is close enough that it is motivating, yet far enough out that you have time to reach your vision.

June 25, 2013 News

E-newsletters for renovators: Five keys to success

by Steve Payne

Newsletter marketing is a great way for renovation contractors to add new customers.

June 20, 2013 News

Ontario College of Trades enforcement activities to replace Ministry of Labour efforts

by Steve Payne

The Ontario College of Trades has talked a lot about how it will go after unlicensed contractors. Well, the Ministry of Labour used to be responsible for credential-checking, via its 140 construction inspectors. Now it will get out of that activity.

June 19, 2013 News

Rob Ford's ex-press secretary, George Christopolous, joins BILD

by Steve Payne

The Building Industry and Land Development Association (BILD) represents home builders, land developers and professional renovators across the Greater Toronto Area.

June 15, 2013 News

Ontario College of Trades hires its first enforcers

by Steve Payne

As of June 6, there will be 20 enforcement officers working for the Ontario College of Trades. They will be hunting for unlicensed, illegal workers in 157 types of skilled trade in the province. Some of them have police backgrounds. Some of them have been hairstylists.

June 13, 2013 News

Nova Scotia homebuilder to build net-zero energy homes under federal ecoENERGY program

by Steve Payne

Ottawa is funding (to the tune of $4-million) the building of at least 25 net-zero energy homes in four provinces, with contributions from insulation giant Owens Corning Canada

June 12, 2013 News

Mike Holmes, Mike Schmolmes… Want to be the next TV contractor superstar? Apply here!

by Steve Payne

It’s a Casting Call for a film company in Toronto that is looking for aspiring TV contractors. Could you be the next Mike Schmolmes?

June 12, 2013 News

Wood construction up to 10 storeys? Canada Wood Council wants your ideas

by Steve Payne

In Ontario, you can’t legally build a woodframe structure over the height of four storeys. In BC, that has been increased from four to six storeys.

June 11, 2013 News

Housing starts shoot upwards as construction industry adds 42,700 jobs in May

by Steve Payne

It’s a staggering fact that one out of two new jobs created in Canada last month was in our industry: construction.

June 11, 2013 News

Can ClubLocal become the "Amazon of home repair"?

by Steve Payne

Club Local is funded by wealthy publicly-traded owners, and the website promises homeowners needing repairs that they can track the whereabouts of their tradespeople “in real time.” And that the trades hired online will do their work for “below market” prices. Good luck with that.

June 4, 2013 News

Reader's Post of the Week: "I am willing to give it [Ontario College of Trades] a chance"

by Steve Payne

“At $120 per year, if a person works 2,000 hours, that works out to 6 cents per hour. That can’t be the reason for not getting the job.”

June 4, 2013 News

Dealing with building inspectors: Canadian Contractor wants your stories

by Steve Payne

Our upcoming story will help contractors to better handle their relationships with building inspectors of, ahem, “different levels of professionalism”

May 28, 2013 News

Reader's Post of the Week: "Take your 'college' and shove it!"

by Steve Payne

Derek James Dilabbio has been a carpenter for 25 years, he says. He describes the Ontario College of Trades as “blatant ransom.”

May 28, 2013 News

Training opportunity for Winnipeg contractors in the HVACR industry

by Steve Payne

The opportunities on the mechanical side of the construction industry, throughout Canada, are huge. If you are thinking of moving into a new field, HVACR is worth a look.

May 22, 2013 News

Builders urge Ontario government to allow six-storey woodframe structures

by Steve Payne

Currently, builders in Ontario are not permitted to build wooden structures higher than four storeys. But when B.C. increased the height limit to six storeys in 2009, it created jobs in the industry and provided more affordable options for new homebuyers, Ontario builder and developer groups argue.

May 21, 2013 News

Professional painters: Mike Holmes wants you

by Steve Payne

The “Holmes Referred” lead-referral service has been quietly rolled out, with painters being the first subtrade that Mike Holmes is signing up

May 21, 2013 News

Has your reno work been slammed by a customer online?

by Steve Payne

Two weeks ago, our online columnist Alec Caldwell (president of CARAHS, the Canadian Association of Renovators and Home Services) wrote an opinion piece that argued that online consumer review websites should mediate in cases where homeowners have slammed their renovators