"Is your plumber certified? Check with College of Trades!" – Toronto Star spouts the propagandaby Steve Payne
The PR folks who handle the account for the Ontario College of Trades are probably going to be busy telling the public that without OCOT certification you are a bum. In so many words.
Provinces needlessly limiting apprenticeship opportunities, report saysby Steve Payne
Entry restrictions to the skilled trades are not the best way to protect workers and the general public, the C.D. Howe Institute says
VIDEO: Mike Holmes interview part 8: Educating your customerby Steve Payne
“Too often I’ve seen contractors walk in with a pad, out of their pickup truck, and they listen to what the homeowner wants. They give them a price and ask for a down (payment). And there’s never enough education there.” – MIKE HOLMES
VIDEO: What contractors earn – Outrank Salary Surveyby Steve Payne
Almost a quarter of all renovation contractors who responded to our survey are making six figures.
Home inspection: a new revenue stream for you?by Robert Koci
Home Inspection is a growing industry for which renovators are well suited
Engineer charged as Algo Mall collapse enquiry continuesby Steve Payne
For 30 years, water from the parking lot on the roof of the mall seeped into the steel structure underlying the hollow concrete slabs. A continuous rubberized asphalt membrane, that would have protected the steel, had been considered too expensive.
RONA wraps up its spring contractor trade showsby Steve Payne
5,500 contractors attended the RONA Contractor Shows this spring.
It's a no brainer: wear CSA-approved hard hats only!by Alec Caldwell
But I’m not thrilled with CSA-approved safety equipment that is made in China. While it may meet CSA’s rigorous standards, China didn’t care that it put melamine in baby formula, didn’t care that it exported children’s toys covered in lead paint, and for me, the trust factor just isn’t there any more.
The case for flat-rate pricing for service and repair workby Steve Payne
“Until flat rate pricing becomes the industry standard – and realistically that would take a long time to bring about – there are bound to be customers who will ask how much you charge ‘per hour.’ “
April 30 tax filing deadline: Who can claim self-employmentby Steve Payne
The tax advantages of declaring yourself self-employed are obvious. But be aware that Ottawa has four specific rules for the definition of “self-employment.”
That housing market crash everyone's been worrying about? Looking less likely.by Steve Payne
Housing starts up slightly. Fears of a Canadian real estate crash, which were widespread in the media just a few months ago, seem to be easing.
Help for contractor inventorsby Robert Koci
You have a great idea for a new product but how do you get it to market? Dragon’s Den? No, just call Steve Sennik
VIDEO: Mike Homes Interview (7): The products you buyby Robert Koci
Mike goes to bat for you on products
Radio host churns out Ontario College of Trades propagandaby Robert Koci
If ignorance is bliss, this guy is living in paradise
Unions lobby for CPP increase across Canadaby Robert Koci
CPP premiums are high enough.
A website contest…A trade gives his employee back to Ontarioby Robert Koci
Here’s a chance to improve your website. And here’s a contractor that is giving his employees and their families back to the government of Ontario to look after.
The Mike interviews: Part 6by Robert Koci
A big knock on Mike Holmes is that he doesn’t have a certification in any trade. Does it matter? Maybe not.
Ontario College of Trades is a good thing, trades union spokesman saysby Steve Payne
The Ontario College of Trades will help strengthen the trades sector in our province, says Pat Dillon, a member of the College’s “appointments council.”