BuildForce Canada website points young people to the right construction careerby 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.
Fair Construction campaign launched to stop construction labour monopolies on publically-funded constructionby 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.
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.
WSIB denies OFL claim that it paid safety rebates to firms convicted of safety violationsby Steve Payne
The WSIB, accused of paying safety rebates – totalling in the millions – to safety violating firms, has defended itself in this press release
CMHC says 'no housing bubble' forming in Canadaby 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.
Price of average new ground-related house in GTA approaches $700kby 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homes” (detached, semi-detached and town houses) have hit record high prices because of constrained land supply, an outdated planning approvals process and increased government fees.
Ontario building permit activity grows sharply as Prairies declineby Steve Payne
Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba all posted declines in building permit activity in September.
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
Vancouver homebuilders have lots to vote for in municipal elections on Nov. 15by 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
Got a bad review on HomeStars? Read this interview with their CEO on what NOT to do about itby Steve Payne
HomeStars won’t help you out with getting bad reviews taken down, simply because you advertise with them.
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.
GET a free Milwaukee $200 drill/driver for registering TODAY for tomorrow's RENO-SUMMIT seminar near Toronto airportby 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.
Tony Dean, former head of Ontario Public Service, to "review" College of Tradesby 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.
On-site fire extinguishers: Yes, you have to have them, even for a small renovation jobby 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?
Guelph, ON green builder shares his experiences with Europeans at Warsaw, Poland trade missionby 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.
Excel Homes, Calgary, gives royal treatment to their 10,000th single family home customerby 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.
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.
More thoughts on competing with cash operators, and what the government needs to do about itby 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.