Canadian Contractor


April 28, 2015 News

Residential construction needs 129,000 new skilled workers over next decade

by Steve Payne

With modest growth in new housing, and with Canadian housing stock ageing, construction jobs will continue to shift to the renovation sector, the report says.

December 2, 2014 News

BuildForce Canada website points young people to the right construction career

by Steve Payne

One in 14 Canadians work in construction in some capacity. But a quarter of our industry’s workforce is expected to retire in the next decade. That will open up 250,000 new jobs in the building trades.

October 29, 2014 News

Tony Dean, former head of Ontario Public Service, to "review" College of Trades

by Steve Payne

What will a man who has risen to the highest-pinnacle of government civil-service bureaucracy recommend, re: the Ontario College of Trades? We are guessing a massive expansion of its mandate. And we guess he will keep the North Korea-like dictatorship of its unelected board of directors.

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.

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 22, 2014 Voice

From commercial pilot to general contractor: (9) 'Roofer madness'

by Robert Koci

“I’ve taken quite a bit of ribbing over our decision to build a house with a flat roof… But the technology is proven.”

July 22, 2014 Voice

From commercial pilot to general contractor: (9) ‘Roofer madness’

by Robert Koci

“I’ve taken quite a bit of ribbing over our decision to build a house with a flat roof… But the technology is proven.”

July 4, 2014 News

I've worked for neurosurgeons who didn't know how to turn off the stop under their sink to stop a leak

by Steve Payne

“There is no shortage of poor craftsmen who still have more (practical) ability than a lot of doctors out there…”

June 6, 2014 News

I can hardly wait for you to mess up, Mr. Contractor, so I can have some leverage on you!

by Steve Payne

MoneySense magazine once published a list of the TOP TEN THINGS YOUR CONTRACTOR WON’T TELL YOU. Well, the heck with that! Here’s our TOP TEN THINGS YOUR HOMEOWNER CUSTOMER WON’T TELL YOU.

March 26, 2014 News

Invitation to participate in press conference about Ontario College of Trades, April 8th

by Steve Payne

If you have strong opinions about the Ontario College of Trades, we want to hear from you.

February 12, 2014 Video

VIDEO: Coaches Corner with Mike Draper: Getting beyond the "business plateau"

by Robert Koci

Every contracting business has a certain plateau at which it can’t make any more money for the owner without hiring more skilled help – or setting up better systems – or both. In this video, Rob Koci and Mike Draper talks about how to accomplish that, espc

September 17, 2013 News

Surety bonds: how to best position your construction company

by Steve Payne

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June 20, 2013 News

Ontario College of Trades enforcement activities to replace Ministry of Labour efforts

by Steve Payne

The Ontario College of Trades has talked a lot about how it will go after unlicensed contractors. Well, the Ministry of Labour used to be responsible for credential-checking, via its 140 construction inspectors. Now it will get out of that activity.

June 4, 2013 Voice

Associations: the power of membership

by Alec Caldwell

Your reputation as a contractor can take a hit online even though you are a professional, competent businessperson and builder. Joining an association can enhance your credibility, even in the Wild West of online reviews that may or may not be fair.

March 18, 2013 Voice

What’s your ultimate tool or asset?

by Alec Caldwell

Too many of us insure our cars and homes with much more forethought and care than we insure ourselves

March 18, 2013 Voice

What's your ultimate tool or asset?

by Alec Caldwell

Too many of us insure our cars and homes with much more forethought and care than we insure ourselves

May 4, 2012 Product

Varrrooommm!! 5

by Robert Koci

Our Trucks Report Part 5: Toyota

April 20, 2012 Product

Varrrooommm!! 3

by Robert Koci

Our Trucks Report starts here. In Part 3: Nifty Nissan