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.
How he sold his renovation businessby Steve Payne
Edmonton contractor sold his business for close to $500,000. The buyer got excellent value and has already started to move the business to even greater heights. The key to selling a renovation business is to make sure it can run without you, using proper systems.
How does a video like this get over 30,000 views!!by Robert Koci
No offense to this guy, really, but how do five tips on bathroom renos that start with “Make sure you have a really, really good plan” get 30,162 hits? How desperate can we be for tips? I waited patiently for…
China hold-out houseby Steve Payne
Just found this heart-warming story in the Toronto Star. An elderly couple in Wenling, Zheijang Province, China, didn’t agree with the government’s offered price to expropriate and demolish their home, so that a highway could go through their village (destroying all…
How one contractor helped a homeowner when others wouldn't return her callby Steve Payne
Contractors like Gabe and Ross are posting their projects online and describing how they’ve been able to be heroes to their customers.
Ontario College of Trades compulsory trades fees announced: Opponents respondby Steve Payne
The Ontario Construction Employers Coalition, which is leading a grassroots campaign against the College, says the fledgling governing body is nothing but a way to “tax” the province’s tradespeople.
Remembering Randell Morris: Saskatchewan skilled trades visionaryby Steve Payne
Randell was dedicated to youth and education. He was a kind, gentle man with a quick wit and ready smile.
Don't be fooled by R Values: see the live presentationby Steve Payne
Canadian Contractor’s Rob Koci, with the truth about the sometimes-unreliability of R Values, live at the Homebuilder & Renovator Expo, Toronto, Nov. 28th.
Can you sell your renovation business?by Mike Draper
Recently, I worked with a renovation contractor in Edmonton who sold his business for $500,000. In order to do that, he had to make sure that his business was working well without him. That’s the key to being able to sell your business: set up systems, delegate, and get out of the day-to-day.
11 renovation business tips from RenoSummit, Vancouverby Steve Payne
There’s another RenoSummit underway right now in Calgary.
Smokey Bear lies in waitby Alec Caldwell
The Ministry of Transportation can derail your day with a fine. And they can even derail your livelihood if they impound your vehicle.
RONA's president steps downby Steve Payne
During his 20 years in charge, Robert Dutton built RONA up from a regional, Quebec-based distributor to independent stores into a coast-to-coast retailing power, the largest in the Canadian home improvement industry. And he was adamant that the company not sell out to US-based Lowe’s.
Hate big box stores? Home Depot wants you to feel the loveby Steve Payne
Although many contractors love to hate those giant, corporate stores, and try to stay away from them, Home Depot is just one of the big home improvement retail chains in the Canada that is trying to change all that.
Epic fails in constructionby Robert Koci
You thought your mistakes were bad!