Canadian Contractor

November 20, 2014 News

Complaints about reno contractors rank 4th behind three other industries in Manitoba

by Steve Payne

Less than 7 per cent of complaints to the Consumer Protection Office, in Manitoba, during the past year were about contractors

September 5, 2014 News

Why are Japanese diesel pickup trucks not readily available in the Canadian auto market?

by Steve Payne

“They should fine the (domestic) auto makers for poorly-built vehicles, and the (Ministry of Transport) regulators for unreasonable standards…”

May 5, 2014 Product

Fusion Stone delivers just about everything that contractors and their customers are looking for (Sponsored post)

by Robert Koci

Contractors are constantly on the lookout for better, easier, and more profitable ways to provide quality products and performance to their customers. Fusion Stone ( can help with that

January 16, 2014 News

The (Ontario College of Trades) letter gets a little threatening, saying that… if payment isn't received my name goes on (their) list as not certified. Who are these morons…

by Steve Payne

Norm, an auto service guy in Niagara Falls, Ont., shared with us his “threatening” letter from the Ontario College of Trades – and the employee there who, he said, told him he was lucky that his C of Q renewal prices were subsidized by taxes all these years. Nice.

January 2, 2014 News

Why so many of us still support Rob Ford

by Robert Koci

Rob Ford’s fiscal fanaticism and crude behavior makes him the mortal enemy of the “in-crowd.”

October 23, 2013 News

Want skilled workers? Showcase the trades to young people

by Robert Koci

The Apprenticeship Forum has found that teenagers are more interested in careers in trades than they were nine years ago, but they aren’t getting much support from schools, employers or the government.

July 16, 2013 News

Readers' Post of the Week: The Ontario College of Trades reminds him of "Florida and cheap land"

by Steve Payne

Reader Joe Kreps not impressed after doing the math on recent claims by the Ontario College of Trades

April 25, 2013 News

The case for flat-rate pricing for service and repair work

by 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.’ “

March 27, 2013 Voice

Keeping the river of education flowing

by Victoria Downing

When was the last time you read a business book or attended a seminar, either online or in person, to help you make more money as a professional renovation contractor?

December 17, 2012 Voice

The unexpected ripple effect of mandatory WSIB in Ontario

by Alec Caldwell

In a few weeks, Ontario’s WSIB mandatory coverage will be extended to self-employed sole proprietors, partners in partnerships and officers of corporations in the construction industry. Contractors who are carrying independently-purchased disability insurance need to take a close look at how their own coverage dovetails, or conflicts, with that of the WSIB. If you don’t, you might find that you are wasting money and not getting the coverage you need.

December 7, 2012 News

Hey Ontario contractors: Show your opposition to the new College of Trades tax at Queen's Park on Tuesday

by 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

November 20, 2012 News

Ontario College of Trades compulsory trades fees announced: Opponents respond

by 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.

November 13, 2012 News

11 renovation business tips from RenoSummit, Vancouver

by Steve Payne

There’s another RenoSummit underway right now in Calgary.

November 6, 2012 News

Hero Builders contest: a Mike Holmes antidote?

by Steve Payne has launched Hero Builders, a superhero-themed contest designed to challenge the negative stereotypes about the renovation industry and “help rebuild trust between contractors and homeowners.”

October 24, 2012 News

Will YOU have to pay fees to the new Ontario College of Trades? Here's the answer.

by Steve Payne

Canadian Contractor readers, and CARAHS members, attend a town hall meeting to learn how the College’s fee structure will impact them

April 6, 2012 Product

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by Robert Koci

Our Trucks Report starts here. In Part 1: Beautiful Ford