Complaints about reno contractors rank 4th behind three other industries in Manitobaby Steve Payne
Less than 7 per cent of complaints to the Consumer Protection Office, in Manitoba, during the past year were about contractors
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…”
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 (www.fusionstone.ca) can help with that
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.
Why so many of us still support Rob Fordby Robert Koci
Rob Ford’s fiscal fanaticism and crude behavior makes him the mortal enemy of the “in-crowd.”
Want skilled workers? Showcase the trades to young peopleby 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.
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
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.’ “
Keeping the river of education flowingby 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?
The unexpected ripple effect of mandatory WSIB in Ontarioby 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.
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
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.
11 renovation business tips from RenoSummit, Vancouverby Steve Payne
There’s another RenoSummit underway right now in Calgary.
Hero Builders contest: a Mike Holmes antidote?by Steve Payne
Hammerati.com 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.”
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
Varrrooommm!! 1by Robert Koci
Our Trucks Report starts here. In Part 1: Beautiful Ford