Canadian Contractor


April 23, 2014 News

Edmonton's "skinny homes" beginning of a trend?

by Steve Payne

Last year, Edmonton city council approved the subdivision of 50-foof lots to allow two detached houses on 25-foot lots. If you have “skinny” building experiences, we’d like to hear about them.

April 16, 2014 News

Renovation industry growing twice as fast new homes industry, Scotiabank says

by Steve Payne

it’s a fascinating report, detailing $47-billion in Canadian renovation spending annually. There’s lots of work out there.

April 16, 2014 Voice

Does wearing a hard hat stop your religious freedom?

by Alec Caldwell

It seems so, according to many recent court cases. More and more citizens are being permitted to ditch hard hats and helmets in favour of religious headgear. Who pays when these people sustain an injury? We all do.

April 9, 2014 News

Canada's top renovators and builders honoured at CHBA Conference in Whistler, B.C.

by Steve Payne

The award for “Whole House Renovation” (more than $500,000) went to Eurodale Developments, Toronto

April 2, 2014 News

Alberta contractors report most sales increases in country, Atlantic Canada places second

by Steve Payne

Ontario and B.C. have the least optimistic contractors – when asked about sales increases in their region – in Canada.

March 29, 2014 News

Our cover contractor John McLellan builds for Habitat for Humanity

by Steve Payne

It’s nice to see contractors teaming up with building supplies manufacturers to support Habitat for Humanity, one of the best community-based charitable endeavours in our industry

March 28, 2014 News

Child safety kits are all made for round door knobs

by Steve Payne

And yet building code changes are outlawing round door jobs in favour of levered handlesets in various Canadian jurisdictions

March 26, 2014 News

Join the protests against steep hydro rate increases in Ontario

by Steve Payne

Doug Leitch, outspoken critic of the Ontario College of Trades, is behind a protest against steep Hydro One rate increases and surcharges on April 4th.

March 25, 2014 News

Grow your contractor business: Get an advisory board

by Brynna Leslie

Small businesses that added an advisory board grew an average of 67 per cent in just three years, according to a new study by the Business Development Bank of Canada. Currently, however, just six per cent of small and medium-sized

March 18, 2014 Product

All Weather Windows receives ENERGY STAR "most efficient" designation

by Steve Payne

In 2013, All Weather Windows was also named ENERGY STAR Manufacturer of the Year in the fenestration products category.

March 13, 2014 Video

VIDEO: In a dispute about a tile or marble installation? Call these experts for a third party opinion

by Robert Koci

TTMAC, the Terrazzo, Tile and Marble Association of Canada (TTMAC), will send an expert to inspect your tile installation if you have a quality dispute with a homeowner

March 5, 2014 News

A Montreal borough sticks its hands in renovators' pockets for five-figure "park fees"

by Steve Payne

The CBC reports that Plateau-Mont Royal, a Montreal borough, is asking renovating homeowners to pay a fee worth 10 per cent of the value of their land if they renovate more than 35 per cent of their properties.

February 28, 2014 News

I'm a one man handyman… and the WSIB premium rate I was quoted was 9.1% on gross… How the hell do they justify this shakedown?

by Steve Payne

As Winston Churchill said in 1945, “Armies of civil servants: No longer servants and no longer civil.”

February 26, 2014 News

American renovators talk about a boycott of Angie's List

by Steve Payne

Renovation contractors can find it much harder to close a sale once negative reviews of their work appear online. Angie’s List, based in Indianapolis, has angered so many contractors that a boycott is now a possibility.

February 26, 2014 News

Go West Young Man: Alberta and B.C. expected to lead in new construction jobs

by Steve Payne

Alberta and B.C. will create more construction jobs than Ontario will, a new study says. Meanwhile, Ontario is looking for hundreds of millions of dollars in additional WSIB fees from contractors – while slapping them with fees from the new Ontario College of Trades.

February 21, 2014 Product

Tax tips for self-employed contractors from the Canada Revenue Agency

by Steve Payne

The tax filing deadline this year for self-employed contractors is June 16th. Don’t forget to save a few bucks with your “tradesperson’s tools deduction” and, for employers, the “apprenticeship job creation tax credit.”

February 14, 2014 Voice

Whatever successes I can claim as a renovator, I attribute to good partnerships

by Robert Koci

“In each case, the partnerships helped me where I fell short and allowed me to do what I did best.”

February 12, 2014 News

Are you a contractor with eagle eyes and a quick trigger finger? Try this Therma Tru Door contest to win tools, gift cards… or even a Harley

by Steve Payne

Oh, and you could also win 39-inch TV sets, WEBER gas grills… and a whole bunch of other cool stuff.