Canadian Contractor

November 20, 2014 News

Complaints about reno contractors rank 4th behind three other industries in Manitoba

by Steve Payne

Less than 7 per cent of complaints to the Consumer Protection Office, in Manitoba, during the past year were about contractors

October 17, 2014 News

Paid $14,000 to have an indoor waterfall every time it rains

by Steve Payne

“My daughter’s contractor even poured a concrete pad in the middle of her driveway with the extra concrete from the basement because he thought she could build a shed on it. He never asked and now she has to remove it before winter so she can park on her driveway.”

October 15, 2014 Voice

Ontario College of Trades (OCOT) in the red last year by $3.5-million

by Alec Caldwell

If your business runs at minus 26 per cent profit, you’ll be pumping gas pretty soon. But don’t expect to see Ontario College of Trades registrar and CEO David Tsubouchi asking to check your oil down at your local ESSO.

October 15, 2014 News

Incompetence, greed and lies: Report into Algo Mall collapse blames owners, engineers, government officials

by Steve Payne

“Although it was rust the defeated the structure of the Algo mall, the real story behind the collapse is one of human, not material, failures,” said Commissioner Paul Belanger.

August 12, 2014 Voice

Alcohol and substance abuse in the workplace

by Alec Caldwell

I watched as the police officer dragged him out of his company vehicle on a Saturday morning. It was just after 9:15am. His vehicle had mounted the curb at a traffic light. Luckily no one was injured or killed. He

June 4, 2014 News

With Ontario voters going to the polls next week, abolition of the College of Trades remains an election issue

by Steve Payne

TV auto restoration star David Grainger is the latest high-profile tradesperson to swing his hammer at the Ontario College of Trades “tax collectors”

April 16, 2014 News

Six myths about customer financing of home improvement projects

by Steve Payne

Financing a project stimulates opportunities for renovators, but traditional methods of doing so can slow down or kill that sale.

December 13, 2013 News

We did it!!! hits 50,000 page views!

by Robert Koci

After two years and 13 days of daily posts, this site for renovators and custom homebuilders has brought in the best traffic numbers ever

October 30, 2013 News

Is your crew undermining your reputation as a contractor?

by Brynna Leslie

“I watched as a crew showed up the day after Canada Day to spend four hours sitting on the front porch, drinking coffee and smoking cigarettes.”

October 1, 2013 Voice

Remodelers Advantage Business Summit, Day 1: Chip Doyle, Hiring and developing sales reps

by Robert Koci

At the Remodelers Advantage Summit, Sandler Sales Training’s Chip Doyle gave some tips to renovators looking to hire a new salesperson. Rob Koci reports.

August 28, 2013 Product

Wrapped laminate cabinets from Quebec: up and coming

by Steve Maxwell

Today’s best wrapped laminate cabinets allow very convincing wood grain reproductions of cherry, walnut, mahogany and dozens of other luxurious hardwoods. All for about half the cost of real wood!

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

March 18, 2013 Voice

Closing the sale: The Bracket Close

by Mike Draper

Sales closing techniques don’t have to be pushy. You are simply helping the customer to come to a decision that they want to make, or they wouldn’t have called you in to quote on their job in the first place.

December 11, 2012 News

7 more trade associations vow to close down Ontario College of Trades

by Steve Payne

Plumbers, electricians, sheet metal workers and air conditioning mechanics will be forced to pay $120 fees to the Ontario College of Trades next year. Or they could see their Certificates of Qualification withheld.

December 11, 2012 Voice

Moving faster than cracking an egg!

by Alec Caldwell

It can take just seconds for you to die, if you fall off a ladder more than 10 feet high. In fact, 60 per cent of all such falls are fatal.

October 28, 2012 Voice

And now, Mike Holmes reconsidered…

by Robert Koci

“I think the point that most of you are missing is the reason he started doing his show.”

June 4, 2012 News

I Need to Charge My Car

by Robert Koci

How to Install charging stations for those homeowners with electric vehicles

March 7, 2012 Voice

How can you compete against this?

by Alec Caldwell

You run a professional business. With the overheads you have, how on earth do you compete?