Canadian Contractor


July 9, 2014 News

Holmes Referred Contractors to cease operations on July 15

by Steve Payne

Holmes Referred Contractors kicked off its referral operations with a program for pro painters, two years ago. Contractors would pay to join, and then pay for leads coming through the program. The public would receive three contractors to bid on each job, each of them members of the program.

July 9, 2014 Voice

Opinion: Is Bell Canada gouging you on fees and interest?

by Alec Caldwell

Giant corporations seem to dine out on smaller, entrepreneurial companies that rely on their essential services. One of my members has serious complaints about Bell Canada’s contracts, billing practices and interest rates.

July 8, 2014 Video

(VIDEO) Coach's Corner with Mike Draper: How to handle work crunches in busy season

by Robert Koci

If you’re a good contractor, and you’re in a good marketplace, you should be at your busiest time of the year right now. Contractor coach Mike Draper (www.renovantage.com) talks about how to use busy times to structure your business properly for the future.

July 2, 2014 News

Renovation spending in Canada reaches $63.4-billion, pushed by 'HGTV Effect'

by Steve Payne

A whopping 3.7 per cent of total Canadian gross domestic product is spent on home renovations. The industry has been growing, even accounting for inflation, every year for 15 years.

July 2, 2014 News

Home Depot shows its Pride

by Steve Payne

Home Depot was a major sponsor (a “bronze partner”) of Toronto’s 34th annual Pride parade held last Sunday. In fact this was “World Pride,” bringing participants from around the globe.

June 20, 2014 News

Strategies for competing with Fly-By-Nighters

by Steve Payne

Fly-By-Nighters, Trunk Slammers, Cash Guys, The Underground… whatever you call them, they are everywhere these days – trying to outbid you by 30 to 40 per cent. Here are some ways that established, above-board, legitimate contractors are competing with this hidden marketplace.

June 10, 2014 Voice

Alec Caldwell on today’s Ontario election: Contractors need to vote!

by Alec Caldwell

“The Ontario College of Trades deserves to be called what it is: A union-controlled mob”

June 10, 2014 Voice

Alec Caldwell on today's Ontario election: Contractors need to vote!

by Alec Caldwell

“The Ontario College of Trades deserves to be called what it is: A union-controlled mob”

June 4, 2014 Voice

David Tsubouchi, Registrar and CEO of the College of Trades, campaigns for his job

by Alec Caldwell

“In my opinion, Mr. Tsubouchi is dealing in half-truths.”

May 28, 2014 News

500 of Canada's best young trades students and apprentices head to Skills Canada National Competition

by Steve Payne

Construction is just one of the six different sectors of the competition. The winners will head to the 43rd World Skills Competition in Sao Paulo, Brazil

May 22, 2014 News

Tell us if you ever refer to the National Building Code of Canada – and you might win a $100 gas card

by Steve Payne

The National Building Code of Canada has no legal weight on its own. Only if your province or local municipality has used parts of the code, must you comply with them. We want to know if you find the NBC a useful document.

May 20, 2014 Video

VIDEO: Steve Maxwell shows how to build a great deck foundation

by Robert Koci

Stuff We Like editor Steve Maxwell provides a detailed description of the perfect post saddle installation

May 5, 2014 News

Lethbridge, Alta.'s Bezooyen Contracting is latest builder to partner up with the (Mike) Holmes Approved Homes program

by Steve Payne

Holmes Approved Homes was launched in 2011 and has steadily signed up builders who want to partner up with Mike Holmes to ensure that their clients know they are getting a quality build

May 2, 2014 News

Dropping the HST (in B.C.) was followed by a rush of (renovation) activity shortly thereafter

by Steve Payne

B.C. residents, according to a poll by the CIBC, are saying they will pay more than 30 per cent more, per project, on renovations than their fellow Canadians. The sales tax drop created business. We reply: “DUH!”

May 2, 2014 News

No changes to Canada's laws should be allowed due to 'religious beliefs'

by Steve Payne

You want to wear a turban on a construction site in place of a hard hat, claiming religious freedom? You shouldn’t be allowed to immigrate to this country in the first place, some readers say.

April 30, 2014 Voice

Body of an illegal foreign bricklayer lay in a Toronto morgue for weeks: Family claimed they had no money to bury him

by Alec Caldwell

They are probably over 300,000 foreigners on temporary work permits in Canada. They came here on government programs that have no plan to deal with their “exit” strategy.

April 25, 2014 News

B.C. residents who plan to renovate are outspending the Canadian average, per each project, by more than 40 per cent

by Steve Payne

B.C. residents who say they are planning to renovate in the next 12 months say they will spend $28,434 on their projects, on average. That compares to the next-highest province, Ontario, at $23,879 and the lowest-spenders in Quebec at $12,346.

April 23, 2014 News

Insulation manufacturer Roxul to build new North American headquarters in Milton, ON

by Steve Payne

Design/build firm Stahle Construction has been contracted to build the facility, which will be one of the lowest energy-use buildings in Canada – meeting LEED Gold Standards.