Canadian Contractor


February 5, 2014 Voice

The expendables – the life of Ontario construction workers worth a mere pittance

by Alec Caldwell

$125,000 was the total fine levied against a Brampton firm convicted of killing one worker and severely injuring another, when a 26-foot high wall collapsed last October.

January 22, 2014 Voice

Sign the petition to speed up Prompt Payment legislation

by Alec Caldwell

Prompt payment legislation is already in place in most US states and in most European countries. Contractors already have a tough-time getting paid on time. We urge you to sign the petition (see the link in the story) to speed up the passage of this bill in Ontario.

January 22, 2014 Product

Want to learn how to build and sell a high-performance home? Attend these Union Gas seminars…

by Robert Koci

Union Gas partners with builder Andy Oding and building expert Tex McLeod to help Ontario builders improve their selling and building processes

January 16, 2014 News

I took him to court for monies owed. He had a lawyer, spent a lot of extra money, and tried to back charge me for the whole job.

by Steve Payne

Nigel S. thought he had a straightforward job: install the mechanicals at a general contractor’s job site. He’d not worked for this contractor before – had been introduced by a mutual acquaintance. It all went sideways really fast.

January 13, 2014 News

BONE Structure's light steel frame house in Caledon, Ont. "inspired from LEGO and Meccano"

by Steve Payne

There are currently more than 150 Bone Structure homes in Quebec and a few more across the country. The company has big plans to become a household name in the construction industry.

January 8, 2014 Product

Hardwood flooring that purifies the air?

by Steve Payne

The air-purifying flooring is available at specialty flooring retailers across Canada for between $5.25 and $12.75 per square foot, depending on the specific type and style.

December 20, 2013 News

Drywaller suing WSIB says: "For the past 100 years, our governing bodies have tried to rein in the independent operator… At every avenue they have failed."

by Steve Payne

“If we continue to let these people tramp on our morals, we are to blame. What we are showing our children is that ‘this is the way it is.’ “

December 20, 2013 News

Steve Maxwell: "When did Canada become a dictatorship? A long time ago!"

by Steve Payne

“We have a veneer of democracy covering the reality that unelected, invisible bureaucrats make the big decisions that affect day to day lives.”

December 20, 2013 Voice

Will drones soon be used to spy on illegal construction sites?

by Alec Caldwell

Drones, or unarmed aerial vehicles (UAV’s) with cameras, are already in use by the Ontario Provincial Police. How long before the Ministry of Labour uses them to monitor our jobsites?

December 20, 2013 Voice

Contractors beware: Banks’ line of credit insurance may not pay out on your death

by Alec Caldwell

Two recent stories in the media detailed how benefits were denied by TD Canada Trust on line of credit insurance programs

December 20, 2013 Voice

Contractors beware: Banks' line of credit insurance may not pay out on your death

by Alec Caldwell

Two recent stories in the media detailed how benefits were denied by TD Canada Trust on line of credit insurance programs

December 18, 2013 News

Another casting call for contractors looking to do their stuff on TV

by Steve Payne

This TV production company says it is looking for “reputable, talented and experienced contractor with a big personality” to star on HGTV.

December 13, 2013 Video

(VIDEO) Rob and Steve riff about the WSIB's $400k boss hoping for a $400k bonus and other stuff

by Steve Payne

While many of you are being forced into paying into WSIB for the first time in your lives, the top dog at Ontario’s government-run workplace insurance fund is hoping to get a $400,000 bonus (on top of his $400,000 annual salary) for coming up with this plan – and others.

December 11, 2013 News

Mark your calendars for these RONA Contractor Shows in the New Year

by Steve Payne

It’s a chance to unwind, grab some food, see some terrific new products… and say hi to Canadian Contractor publisher Rob Koci.

December 4, 2013 Product

Do you have what it takes for TV?

by Steve Payne

A producer of home renovation shows is looking for “the next great contractor for TV.” They are looking for “an experienced and reputable contractor with a big personality.”

November 29, 2013 News

"When did this country start turning into a communist dictatorship?"

by Steve Payne

Dean Kadikoff asks a good question after reading about drywaller Sean Keane being bankrupted by the WSIB – who were later found to have been in the wrong

November 27, 2013 News

Vancouver's controversial doorknob ban

by Steve Payne

Vancouver’s city council has banned doorknobs, in favour of levered door handles, in a bid to improve accessibility for the handicapped.

November 22, 2013 Voice

Too many Ontario contractors, forced into WSIB, have cancelled their own insurance

by Alec Caldwell

Even if you are now faced with mandatory WSIB fees for the first time in your career, you should remember that WSIB does not cover you for illnesses and accidents off the jobsite.