Canadian Contractor


March 4, 2015 News

Ontario contractors, volunteering in Dominican Republic, ready to raise roof on Youth Centre

by John Bleasby

A group of volunteers that includes the family behind Barrie, Ontario’s Gregor Homes, is helping Dove Missions Canada to complete the construction of a vital youth centre in Puerta Plata. They could use your time, volunteerism and resources.

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.

March 2, 2015 News

CN Rail, DEWALT and Acklands Grainger team up to supply tools to Habitat for Humanity

by Steve Payne

The DEWALT C.O.R.E. program is an exclusive rewards and loyalty program for elite end-users in Canada.

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 11, 2015 News

Workplace Safety Comes to Mississauga, Ontario

by Robert Koci

January 28, 2015 – Canada’s largest and longest-running health and safety conference and trade show, Partners in Prevention 2015, returns April 28 and 29, 2015 to The International Centre in Mississauga, Ontario. Partners in Prevention 2015 includes two days of

February 11, 2015 News

RONA contractor shows 2015. Win a Sprinter!

by Robert Koci

Win a Mercedes Sprinter, meet your peers and get to know your local RONA dealer at a 2015 RONA Contractor Show near you

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

B.C. builders protest rebar tariffs that could raise prices 41 per cent

by Steve Payne

The B.C. government and the province’s builders are protesting a Canada-wide tariff on Asian rebar imports. Shipping costs from domestic rebar producers make Canadian product unaffordable, they claim.

January 26, 2015 News

VIDEO: Steve Maxwell on why refurbished cast-iron rads are making a comeback

by Steve Payne

Cast-iron rads, refurbished and ready to easily install, are cost-effective, environmentally responsible, and physically beauttful. Why did we ever fall out of love with them?

January 22, 2015 News

Will Ontario introduce their version of the Home Renovation Tax Credit?

by Alec Caldwell

Ottawa’s Home Renovation Tax Credit, in 2009, pumped $4.3-billion of extra work into our industry. Now, a similar idea for Ontario has at least reached the conversation stage.

January 21, 2015 News

From tools to trucks: Home Hardware Pro Contractor trade shows pump up the prizes

by Steve Payne

There were prizes being announced almost every 5 minutes last night at the Home Hardware Contractor Pro Show in London, Ont.

January 7, 2015 News

Toronto contractor who stiffed his trades, customers is subject of public protest

by Steve Payne

Adam Gardin, owner of GarCon Building Group, told the Toronto Star that he is “extremely remorseful” about his firm’s pending bankruptcy. A subtrade and an employee interviewed by Canadian Contractor were not buying any of it.

December 30, 2014 News

Building code changes in Ontario

by Steve Payne

Mid-rise wooden structures in Ontario soon to be a reality

December 23, 2014 News

P.E.I. goes deck crazy, while New Brunswick is all about roofing: Home renovation trends by province

by Steve Payne

According to trustedpros.ca, there are four different types of “top home improvement project” in Canada, depending on what province you live in.

December 17, 2014 Voice

Who would you rather have Christmas dinner with: Jim Caruk or Mike Holmes?

by Alec Caldwell

For some reason Alec Caldwell doesn’t want to contemplate Christmas dinner with Bryan Bauemler. In his mini-poll, it’s a choice between Mike Holmes and Jim Caruk.

December 5, 2014 News

“The HVAC business in Ontario and Canada is being take over by BIG companies”

by Steve Payne

“The big firms have lots of office staff to deal with all the red tape and bureaucracy, which is why they charge $78 a month for 20 years for a furnace that only costs $1,200 at the wholesaler.”

December 3, 2014 Voice

Landing sales in today's cash underground market. Introducing the 'Close the Quote' system.

by Alec Caldwell

One of our CARAHS contractors told me that Close the Quote “translated into immediate results in sales.” And it’s FREE.

December 3, 2014 Voice

Landing sales in today’s cash underground market. Introducing the ‘Close the Quote’ system.

by Alec Caldwell

One of our CARAHS contractors told me that Close the Quote “translated into immediate results in sales.” And it’s FREE.