Two good signs for renovators: Housing starts, home sales recovering gentlyby Steve Payne
Housing starts and housing resales are good predictors of renovation activity. Both housing starts and resales are trending upwards into next year.
RONA selling Noble, Don Park and other HVAC supply housesby Steve Payne
Noble, Don Park and MPH Supplies, among other contractor supply houses, are being sold to EMCO, London, ON.
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.
E-newsletters for renovators: Five keys to successby Steve Payne
Newsletter marketing is a great way for renovation contractors to add new customers.
Ontario College of Trades enforcement activities to replace Ministry of Labour effortsby 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.
Rob Ford's ex-press secretary, George Christopolous, joins BILDby Steve Payne
The Building Industry and Land Development Association (BILD) represents home builders, land developers and professional renovators across the Greater Toronto Area.
Ontario College of Trades hires its first enforcersby 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.
Nova Scotia homebuilder to build net-zero energy homes under federal ecoENERGY programby 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
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?
Wood construction up to 10 storeys? Canada Wood Council wants your ideasby 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.
Housing starts shoot upwards as construction industry adds 42,700 jobs in Mayby Steve Payne
It’s a staggering fact that one out of two new jobs created in Canada last month was in our industry: construction.
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.
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.”
Dealing with building inspectors: Canadian Contractor wants your storiesby Steve Payne
Our upcoming story will help contractors to better handle their relationships with building inspectors of, ahem, “different levels of professionalism”
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.”
Training opportunity for Winnipeg contractors in the HVACR industryby 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.
Builders urge Ontario government to allow six-storey woodframe structuresby 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.
Professional painters: Mike Holmes wants youby 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