Canadian Contractor publisher moving to new jobsiteby Steve Payne
Steve Dempsey, publisher of Canadian Contractor magazine and canadiancontractor.ca as we went through renovations over the past 18 months to better serve our 31,000 contractor readers, has moved to a new jobsite. Effective Jan. 1, 2013, Steve has been appointed…
Drywall supply a problem in Saskatchewan, CBC reportsby Steve Payne
It’s not a total drywalll drought, but product that should arrive in a couple of days is now taking a week, some contractors report
7 more trade associations vow to close down Ontario College of Tradesby Steve Payne
Plumbers, electricians, sheet metal workers and air conditioning mechanics will be forced to pay $120 fees to the Ontario College of Trades next year. Or they could see their Certificates of Qualification withheld.
Leadership in 21 pointsby Robert Koci
Running a renovation business isn’t so much about building, as it is about building your team. Well, if you want to take the business anywhere, that is. There are 21 aspects of leadership.
College of 'Idiocracy': Opinionby Steve Payne
The Ontario College of Trades, as far as the renovation industry is concerned, is offering little that isn’t being done by other regulatory bodies. Except for more fees for certain trades.
Bathroom ventilation: Fact and fictionby Steve Payne
Bathroom fan replacement across Canada could almost become an industry in itself. Vast numbers of them aren’t doing what they were designed to do.
Housing starts down for third consecutive monthby Steve Payne
Ontario and B.C. showing the largest drops
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.