Canadian Contractor


August 11, 2017 Voice

The Profit Series Part 1: Why Profit?

by Mike Draper

Profit is not a dirty word. You need to understand what it is, what it means and why you need to make lots of it.

May 13, 2015 News

Mike Draper, Renovantage, on calculating the correct deposit amount

by Steve Payne

Mike Draper, our resident contractor coach, tells you how to figure out a reasonable and fair deposit when you win a new project

May 13, 2015 News

How to manage your contracting business using the 3 M’s

by Steve Payne

“Measure, Monitor and Manage.” These are the 3 M’s. They are incredibly useful in analyzing the key performance indicators of a professional renovation business.

May 4, 2015 News

An interview with contractor and home improvement radio show host Frank Cohn

by John Bleasby

“(TV) shows that are truly educational aren’t on the air any more,” Frank says

April 30, 2015 News

Under-the-table residential construction worth $12-billion a year: StatsCan

by Steve Payne

Residential construction is 28.3 per cent of the total $42.4-billion underground economy in Canada

April 18, 2015 News

‘Fast tracking’ building permits in Surrey, B.C.

by Steve Payne

Normally, the City of Surrey takes 4-6 weeks to process a permit. But if contractors join their Registered Builder program, permits can be issued within 10 days.

April 14, 2015 News

The Top 3 accounting methods and the lies they tell to contractors

by Victoria Downing

Should you run your contracting firm on the Cash Method, the Billings Accrual Method or the Completed Jobs Accrual Method? Take 4 minutes to read this, and you will probably know.

April 8, 2015 News

Judge gives Ajax, Ont. contractor who bailed on kitchen reno two years to pay back the homeowner

by Steve Payne

Anthony L. Blake was convicted of disappearing from a kitchen reno with the customer’s deposit and other payments. But he has two years to reimburse the victim.

March 27, 2015 News

Three years of job losses for Alberta construction firms: forecast

by Steve Payne

Alberta construction employment is predicted to drop by 15 per cent or more over the next three years

March 18, 2015 News

Our survey says: Your biggest headache is… marketing

by Steve Payne

Our 7th annual Salary Survey, at the printer now (check here tomorrow for the digital edition), asked almost 40 questions. One of them was “What’s Giving You the Most Grief?” It’s marketing.

March 18, 2015 News

Interview with a HomeStars award-winner: Hanna Taylor, Hotwire Electric

by John Bleasby

Hotwire has just picked up its fifth HomeStars ‘Best Of’ award. We asked Hanna Taylor about the value of online marketing, what makes her electrical firm stand out, and where she sees her future growth coming from.

March 11, 2015 News

J.A.B.A. Construction, Saskatoon, in ‘white knight’ renovation rescue

by John Bleasby

Armed with an insurance payout, Janice Braden of Saskatoon hired a local contractor to repair the damage to her home caused by ice dams on her roof. But a so-called contractor took off with her money. It has taken J.A.B.A Construction and TrustedSaskatoon.com, among others, to bail Braden out of her renovation nightmare.

March 4, 2015 News

Homebuilder association gives thumbs up to a Vancouver regional tax

by John Bleasby

Contractors and developers are among the most vocal anti-tax business people in Canada. But the Greater Vancouver Home Builders’ Association (GVHBA) has come out in favour of a 0.5% regional tax in Vancouver to pay for transit and infrastructure.

February 26, 2015 News

Service Alberta pursues another allegedly crooked contractor

by Steve Payne

Dedric Robinson. apparently a fly-by-night renovator, is the subject of an investigation by the consumer protection agency in Alberta

February 18, 2015 Voice

Let’s talk cash economy

by Robert Koci

I recently hired a contractor to do some work that I couldn’t get to. His price was fair, but leaves me reeling at what the legitimate costs of a reno has become.

February 11, 2015 News

Looking for highly motivated help?

by Robert Koci

For the last five weeks, I have had the distinct pleasure of teaching project management to renovator students at Toronto Community College George Brown. This is the last semester for my 60 students, who will soon be entering the marketplace

February 5, 2015 News

Ontario WSIB’s $400,000-a-year CEO David Marshall gets another two years at the trough

by Steve Payne

Marshall acknowledges that he won’t win any popularity contests. Certainly not among the estimated 80,000 owner-operator contractors who were previously exempt from WSIB, but who got roped into paying into it as part of a plan that earned Marshall a $400,000 bonus.

February 4, 2015 News

Our website is being renovated: Thanks for your patience

by Steve Payne

A high proportion of our almost 600,000 website visits last year came from cellphones. So we are making our site much more phone-screen-friendly.