Canadian Contractor


August 28, 2013 Voice

What’s safer to ride: A one wheel or a two wheel bike?

by Alec Caldwell

If you’ve cancelled your 24 hour sickness and accident insurance policies because you’ve been forced to pay a lot more for Ontario WSIB, you are now riding a one- or two-wheel bike, instead of having the stability of being in a four-wheel truck. As a contractor, you need to think about the risk(s) you are exposing yourself to with inadequate insurance!

August 20, 2013 Voice

Contractors beware: Mortgage insurance claims can be denied

by Alec Caldwell

CBC’s consumer protection show Marketplace recently ran an episode about how some mortgage insurance plans will not pay out in certain circumstances that many purchasers are unaware of.

August 14, 2013 News

Illegal 'villa' on top of 26-storey apartment building in China might be world's most flagrant building code violation

by Steve Payne

The 8,600 sq.ft. structure looks like a craggy mountain-top mansion, surrounded by trees, rocks and shrubs. Presumably the tonnes of illegal construction materials all came up the elevator. We hope the builder booked it with the management office.

August 6, 2013 Voice

Is Toronto’s condo construction due for a downturn?

by Alec Caldwell

According to some experts, the current condo building boom is not sustainable and is due a downturn within the next two years. The present Canadian income to debt ratio is running at its highest ever, 167 per cent, according to

August 6, 2013 Voice

Is Toronto's condo construction due for a downturn?

by Alec Caldwell

According to some experts, the current condo building boom is not sustainable and is due a downturn within the next two years. The present Canadian income to debt ratio is running at its highest ever, 167 per cent, according to

August 6, 2013 Voice

CRA targets the underground economy: Pilot project compares building permit applications to declared income

by Robert Koci

The Canada Revenue Agency is moving from high value targets like off shore accounts and big business tax evasion to middle class Canada to find uncollected tax dollars

July 23, 2013 Voice

Extreme home accessibility makeover

by Alec Caldwell

John McLellan, a very well respected contractor in the Durham, ON region, is donating the services of one of his crews to help provide a $30,000 home accessibility renovation for the loved ones of a family in need

July 16, 2013 News

Canada wins gold at World Skills 2013: "The Olympics of the Skilled Trades"

by Steve Payne

Canada is now, officially, a world beater in hockey, curling, refrigeration and heating.

July 16, 2013 Voice

How to build relationships with your renovation customers

by Steve Payne

By Mark Harari, Remodelers Advantage One of the best things about today’s selling style is that you have a chance to get to know your prospects before you begin developing a proposal. The best time to learn is within the

July 16, 2013 Voice

Are "illegal" immigrants squeezing the home renovation and home building industry in the GTA area?

by Alec Caldwell

Let’s push for amnesty for foreign construction workers, making them legal, so they can now pay into our social systems. We actually need them to contribute legitimately to our tax base, with our huge wave of baby boomers set to retire.

July 16, 2013 Voice

Are “illegal” immigrants squeezing the home renovation and home building industry in the GTA area?

by Alec Caldwell

Let’s push for amnesty for foreign construction workers, making them legal, so they can now pay into our social systems. We actually need them to contribute legitimately to our tax base, with our huge wave of baby boomers set to retire.

July 16, 2013 Product

Is "Lego-like" Cross-Laminated Timber (CLT) the future of wood construction?

by Steve Payne

CLT snaps together easily. The panels used in a new toy store in Ottawa’s west end measured 28 feet high, four feet wide and five inches thick. They were shipped to Canada by the Austrian firm Binderholz. But there are Canadian suppliers of CLT panels, too.

July 9, 2013 News

Building permits at all time high

by Robert Koci

If you work in construction, you’ll be busy for a while.

July 2, 2013 News

Even before Calgary flood, Alberta renovation work plentiful

by Steve Payne

Alberta and Saskatchewan are the fastest-growing renovation markets, AltusGroup says

July 2, 2013 News

Two good signs for renovators: Housing starts, home sales recovering gently

by Steve Payne

Housing starts and housing resales are good predictors of renovation activity. Both housing starts and resales are trending upwards into next year.

June 25, 2013 News

E-newsletters for renovators: Five keys to success

by Steve Payne

Newsletter marketing is a great way for renovation contractors to add new customers.

June 13, 2013 News

Nova Scotia homebuilder to build net-zero energy homes under federal ecoENERGY program

by Steve Payne

Ottawa is funding (to the tune of $4-million) the building of at least 25 net-zero energy homes in four provinces, with contributions from insulation giant Owens Corning Canada

June 12, 2013 News

Wood construction up to 10 storeys? Canada Wood Council wants your ideas

by Steve Payne

In Ontario, you can’t legally build a woodframe structure over the height of four storeys. In BC, that has been increased from four to six storeys.