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.”
VIDEO: Mike Holmes recalls his bankruptcy, Part 5by Robert Koci
Some contractors knock Mike Holmes because he once went bankrupt while he was a full-time contractor. He did, but he has something to say about that.
VIDEO: Ontario College of Trades threatens Alberta electrician's Interprovincial Licenseby Robert Koci
Think you are unaffected by the tax grab in Ontario? Not so fast.
Small contractors get Ontario association to represent themby Steve Payne
Visit www.ocsba.ca for more information
Ontario College of Trades undermines federal government's funding of skilled trades, Stop the Trades Tax lobby group saysby Steve Payne
Federal politicians are plowing money into skilled trades training. But in Ontario, the McGuinty government decided to force skilled trades people to pay fees to belong to a “College of Trades” that will offer no classes and train no workers whatsover.
A Lifetime Contractor named renovator of the year by BILDby Steve Payne
Sandra Baldwin followed her father’s footsteps into the renovation industry. Her family’s firm, A Lifetime Contractor, is now in its 66th year
Alberta electrician says Ontario College of Trades wants his cash, tooby Steve Payne
If he doesn’t cough up $360 every 3 years to this Ontario-only body, even though he resides in Alberta, he will lose his Interprovincial Red Seal electrical license.
Looking for a terrazzo tile or marble installer?by Steve Payne
Successful contractors know their own strengths and know when to hire a qualified sub to get the best results. But finding the right people who meet your high standards for quality and professionalism can be a challenge. One source too…
Take our poll: What do you most need to learn?by Steve Payne
This week’s Canadian Contractor poll (to the right) asks the question: “In a one day seminar for renovation contractors, what would you most like to learn about?” We are planning another series of RenoSummit seminars for later this year. Your…
Renovators staying busy across Canada, CHBA Pulse Survey saysby Steve Payne
Once again, bathrooms and kitchens were the most requested projects during the past year
Mike Holmes interview Part 4 (VIDEO)by Robert Koci
Mike’s insurance and how he estimates his jobs
Are you on the first page of Google? (VIDEO)by Robert Koci
If you are not, you are a dead man… or woman. Carrie Shaw tell us why.
Apprenticeship ratios making the trades shortage worseby Steve Payne
The organized sector is making the trades shortage much worse than it should be. And qualified applicants, who want to work, can’t get jobs.
Bill 119 will help WSIB boss towards $400,000 bonusby Steve Payne
While contractors struggle to find a way to make their mandatory WSIB payments, I. David Marshall, the WSIB’s president and CEO, hopes to get his hands on a $400,000 bonus for, in part, collecting more WSIB fees
Mike Holmes interview Part 3by Robert Koci
Mike turns his beefy guns on customers
Contractors protest Ontario WSIB Bill 119by Robert Koci
Contractors from across the province are saying enough is enough and they will no longer accept the WSIB’s effort to dig into their pocketbooks to deal with the $14.5 billion unfunded liability.
The next issue of Canadian Contractorby Robert Koci
Why parents don’t want their kids to be trades people. And what to do when your customer owes you $100,000