Canadian Contractor


October 7, 2014 Voice

The renovation boom in Canada: the best is yet to come

by Alec Caldwell

Residential renovations and repairs have more than doubled, dollar-wise, since the late 1990s. And the boom is continuing, fuelled by an ageing population.

October 3, 2014 News

Watch out for false eco certificates and low-VOC claims on flooring boxes!

by Steve Payne

Bamboo flooring is great, says contractor John Bleasby. Ben Polley, Evolve Builders, backs this up – and then some. Ben loves Nadurra bamboo flooring. But watch out for false eco-certificates from shady Asian factories who will “bamboo-zle” you with dubious claims about their “testing.”

October 1, 2014 News

Dartmouth, NS, deck collapse: Everyone and his brother getting sued

by Steve Payne

16 people were enjoying a gathering on a deck off the back of a house in Dartmouth, N.S. It collapsed to the ground, causing multiple traumatic injuries and, reportedly, the eyesight of one of the victims.

September 22, 2014 Voice

From pilot to contractor: (17) Four reasons why I used bamboo flooring

by John Bleasby

Bamboo looks great, is hard as nails, provides unmatched value… and is eco-friendly. However, you want to watch out for manufacturers who use urea formaldehyde as the gluing compound.

September 19, 2014 News

I've chosen Titan Wall to supply my entire home in SIP form, importing my own windows and doors from Germany

by Steve Payne

Steve B. says Net Zero homes in Canada suffer from traditional homebuilders either not knowing – or not caring – about the value they could bring to their customers.

September 19, 2014 News

BuildForce Canada acknowledges National Tradesmen Day

by Steve Payne

This fall, BuildForce Canada is launching its redesigned Careers in Construction website at www.careersinconstruction.ca to provide more youth and parent-friendly information about more than 50 different construction trades and occupations.

September 10, 2014 News

"Restrictive bidding" by municipalities and other owners costing taxpayers $283-million annual on publically-funded construction projects, group claims

by Steve Payne

“At a time when the province and municipalities are struggling to stretch infrastructure dollars, this report is a must read,” said Sean Reid, PCA Vice President, Federal and Ontario.

September 3, 2014 News

Saskatchewan electrical contractor alleged to have laid off 58 Canadian workers while retaining temporary foreign workers

by Steve Payne

Alliance Energy told the CBC that the company was in full compliance with the rules of the temporary foreign workers program

August 27, 2014 News

Maclean's magazine article claims the renovation boom "puts the economy at risk"!

by Steve Payne

The article in the July 28, 2014 Maclean’s, by Chris Sorenson, is called “The Dark Side of the Renovation Boom.” It says that Canadians are over-indebting themselves with renovation spending that is nothing more than “conspicuous consumption” and that a rise in interest rates or a housing price correction could bring our industry crashing down – affecting the entire economy.

August 27, 2014 News

Canada Wood Council calls cement industry objections to the safety of mid-rise wooden structures a "cheap shot"

by Steve Payne

There are billions of dollars in play, and there’s a veritable hockey fight breaking out between the wood industry and the cement industry in Canada about allowing mid-rise structures to be built out of wood

July 31, 2014 Video

Goodbye Holmes Referred, hello Baeumler Approved

by Steve Payne

There are 300 contractors and other firms associated with the Baeumler Approved contractor referral program, Bryan Baeumler’s folks tell us

July 30, 2014 Voice

Construction trench fatality in Toronto: there are NO “accidents”

by Alec Caldwell

“These deaths always stem from human error, be it lack of training, pushing too fast and taking shortcuts, lack of equipment, or poor supervision.”

July 30, 2014 Voice

Construction trench fatality in Toronto: there are NO "accidents"

by Alec Caldwell

“These deaths always stem from human error, be it lack of training, pushing too fast and taking shortcuts, lack of equipment, or poor supervision.”

July 23, 2014 Product

HelpingYouFinish.ca, a superb website for DIYers, has lots to offer contractors, too

by Steve Payne

HelpingYouFinish.ca has been launched by Rust-Oleum Canada, who bring you such well-known brand names as Tremclad, Varathane, EpoxyShield and Zinsser.

July 18, 2014 News

Having know Mike for many years, it was a surprise for me to see him venture into the referral business

by Steve Payne

“Follow-up is a major commitment and you have to do it, otherwise your credibility will suffer.”

July 15, 2014 Voice

Nominate your customer to appear on a DIY TV show on the Discovery Channel

by Robert Koci

How terrible a DIYer was your customer before you stepped in? Terrible enough to star in a new DIY TV program that promises thousands of dollars to the winning couple?

July 11, 2014 News

Should a bathroom fan in Ontario be vented through the roof or through the fascia?

by Steve Payne

Carmen asked us the building codes in Ontario generally say about the proper location on a house (the roof or fascia/soffits) for venting bathroom fan air to the outside. Bathroom fan expert Glenn Curtis, Soler Palau Canada, has the answer.

July 11, 2014 News

42 per cent interest on overdue Yellow Pages advertising payments?

by Steve Payne

Reader Kevin Smith says that billings for Yellow Pages advertising show up on Bell Canada bills, potentially triggering 42 per cent (annualized) interest rates to contractors who want to advertise their services in the Yellow Pages – and who are late paying their advertising bills.