Canadian Contractor


December 2, 2014 News

BuildForce Canada website points young people to the right construction career

by Steve Payne

One in 14 Canadians work in construction in some capacity. But a quarter of our industry’s workforce is expected to retire in the next decade. That will open up 250,000 new jobs in the building trades.

November 28, 2014 News

Fair Construction campaign launched to stop construction labour monopolies on publically-funded construction

by Steve Payne

With competition for publically-funded construction projects now restricted in the Region of Waterloo, ON, the pool of companies who qualify to compete on one of its publically funded projects has shrunk from 9 to 2.

November 27, 2014 News

In most countries worth living in, unions do have tax-free status. But only in Canada is that allowed without openness and audited books.

by Steve Payne

Robert Sloan, Langstaff and Sloan, weighs in Bill C-377, which would force unions to open up their books to the public.

November 27, 2014 News

WSIB denies OFL claim that it paid safety rebates to firms convicted of safety violations

by Steve Payne

The WSIB, accused of paying safety rebates – totalling in the millions – to safety violating firms, has defended itself in this press release

November 26, 2014 News

CMHC says 'no housing bubble' forming in Canada

by Steve Payne

The CMHC’s report, called House Price Analysis and Assessment, will reassure some of those who think that Canada’s housing market is due for a major price correction.

November 26, 2014 News

Price of average new ground-related house in GTA approaches $700k

by Steve Payne

Toronto’s land development and homebuilder organization, BILD, says that “ground related homes” (detached, semi-detached and town houses) have hit record high prices because of constrained land supply, an outdated planning approvals process and increased government fees.

November 20, 2014 News

Ontario building permit activity grows sharply as Prairies decline

by Steve Payne

Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba all posted declines in building permit activity in September.

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

November 12, 2014 News

Vancouver homebuilders have lots to vote for in municipal elections on Nov. 15

by Steve Payne

23 municipalities in the Greater Vancouver Area go to the polls on Saturday, November 15. There are some building and renovation issues that will factor into some of our BC readers decisions

November 5, 2014 News

Got a bad review on HomeStars? Read this interview with their CEO on what NOT to do about it

by Steve Payne

HomeStars won’t help you out with getting bad reviews taken down, simply because you advertise with them.

November 5, 2014 Voice

Opinion: Could Bill C-377 expose the darker side of union activities?

by Alec Caldwell

Bill C-377 would force unions to publicly disclose their spending, including their executives’ salaries over $100,000. The bill has been called “undemocratic” Alec Caldwell, on behalf of renovation contractors at CARAHS, begs to differ.

November 5, 2014 News

GET a free Milwaukee $200 drill/driver for registering TODAY for tomorrow's RENO-SUMMIT seminar near Toronto airport

by Steve Payne

If you register for the Nov. 7 Toronto Reno-Summit right NOW, for only $129 for the full day of instruction, you will win a FREE Milwaukee Fuel M12 Hex Driver, which is, pound for pound, one of the most beautiful contractor power tools we have ever seen.

October 29, 2014 News

Tony Dean, former head of Ontario Public Service, to "review" College of Trades

by Steve Payne

What will a man who has risen to the highest-pinnacle of government civil-service bureaucracy recommend, re: the Ontario College of Trades? We are guessing a massive expansion of its mandate. And we guess he will keep the North Korea-like dictatorship of its unelected board of directors.

October 22, 2014 Voice

On-site fire extinguishers: Yes, you have to have them, even for a small renovation job

by Alec Caldwell

Very few professional renovators give much attention to the issue of fire safety on the jobsite. Did you know that you are required to have fire extinguishers on your site, in locations that are plainly labelled, and that everyone on your site has to know how to use them?

October 22, 2014 News

Guelph, ON green builder shares his experiences with Europeans at Warsaw, Poland trade mission

by Steve Payne

Energy-efficient and green building in Europe is very advanced. But the part of the world that invented the ‘Passive House’ has reached out to Ontario’s own Ben Polley, Evolve Builders, to learn about how we do ‘green’ in this frigid climate.

October 20, 2014 Video

Excel Homes, Calgary, gives royal treatment to their 10,000th single family home customer

by Steve Payne

Barrett Budgell, a single father of 4-year old twin boys, didn’t know what a nice surprise was waiting for him when he bought the 10,000th single-family home constructed by Excel Homes, Calgary. The home, in Cochrane, Alta., came with some extra added features added just for Barrett and his kids – including $10,000 in education funding for the twins. Nice.

October 17, 2014 News

As a painter I am by no means of the same calibre as Craig Lowe…

by Steve Payne

Craig Lowe was only 42 when he died while scuba diving off the coast of Cape Breton just over 2 months ago. The Holmes Group has set up a Trust Fund to accumulate some funding for his four daughters.

October 15, 2014 Voice

More thoughts on competing with cash operators, and what the government needs to do about it

by Alec Caldwell

Ottawa’s Home Renovation Tax Credit not only stimulated renovation projects, it helped the government collect significant tax revenue it would not otherwise have received. It’s high time such a tax credit system was installed permanently.