Canadian Contractor


April 18, 2015 News

‘Fast tracking’ building permits in Surrey, B.C.

by Steve Payne

Normally, the City of Surrey takes 4-6 weeks to process a permit. But if contractors join their Registered Builder program, permits can be issued within 10 days.

March 25, 2015 News

The right materials for flat and low-sloped roofs

by John Bleasby

Some residential builders are leery of flatter roof profiles common in modern architecture. But flat or low-slope roofing options are well-established in commercial construction – and you can use them too.

December 17, 2014 Voice

Are homeowners compromising your work site?

by Alec Caldwell

Homeowners generally won’t look at an area undergoing professional renovation in their own homes as a “job site.” But if they get injured where you are working, you are just as legally liable as if a member of the public injured themselves on a wide-open, unsecured commercial job site.

December 12, 2014 News

"My Worksafe BC assessment for commercial refrigeration and A/C is $1.76 per $100. How does that compare?"

by Steve Payne

We are working on a story on different worker’s comp rates, in different areas of the country (where applicable). We invite you to post your comments and, if you wish, your rates.

December 3, 2014 Voice

Landing sales in today’s cash underground market. Introducing the ‘Close the Quote’ system.

by Alec Caldwell

One of our CARAHS contractors told me that Close the Quote “translated into immediate results in sales.” And it’s FREE.

December 3, 2014 Voice

Landing sales in today's cash underground market. Introducing the 'Close the Quote' system.

by Alec Caldwell

One of our CARAHS contractors told me that Close the Quote “translated into immediate results in sales.” And it’s FREE.

November 5, 2014 Voice

Opinion: Could Bill C-377 expose the darker side of union activities?

by Alec Caldwell

Bill C-377 would force unions to publicly disclose their spending, including their executives’ salaries over $100,000. The bill has been called “undemocratic” Alec Caldwell, on behalf of renovation contractors at CARAHS, begs to differ.

October 31, 2014 News

I think there should be trade licensing (for carpenters) with category endorsements that reflect expertise levels.

by Steve Payne

A New Jersey carpenter and renovation contractor sent us this interesting post about graduated licenses for carpentry.

October 21, 2014 Voice

From pilot to contractor: (21) Completing the puzzle

by Robert Koci

21 posts later, pilot-turned-contractor John Bleasby has shared with us every decision he had to make as a GC, from his windswept, snow-covered empty lot to his completed new family home. Here he wraps up his post-mortem on the build.

October 14, 2014 Voice

From pilot to contractor: (20) The clarity of hindsight: Design and Budget

by Robert Koci

John Bleasby’s dream home is 99 per cent finished and in this blog he begins his ‘post-mortem’: Looking at what he got right – and what he was challenged by – during this, his rookie build.

October 9, 2014 News

Operator of Voltcom Electrical Services headed to jail, while owner of Voltcom Inc., a legit firm, ponders his options

by Steve Payne

A tale of two electrical contractors operating firms called Voltcom: One of them operated by an illegal contractor headed to jail, the other one the bread-and-butter of an upstanding, fully-licensed, hardworking journeyman electrician.

October 3, 2014 News

I was fined for the same offence, by two different officers, within 10 minutes

by Steve Payne

Remember the days when cops used to be out there to catch the bad guys and keep the streets safe? Now, are they nothing but tax collectors? Let us know what you think.

September 22, 2014 Voice

From pilot to contractor: (17) Four reasons why I used bamboo flooring

by John Bleasby

Bamboo looks great, is hard as nails, provides unmatched value… and is eco-friendly. However, you want to watch out for manufacturers who use urea formaldehyde as the gluing compound.

September 19, 2014 News

We once had the MTO in for a VOLUNTARY audit of our vehicle… They gave us $900 in fines.

by Steve Payne

Once again, a government inspection agency – this time the MTO – proves itself to be purely interested in a cash grab, in total disregard of common sense, respect for its “client” base, or courtesy. Ontario Ministry of Transportation, shame on you.

September 10, 2014 Voice

Alec Caldwell on the Toronto house collapse tragedy

by Alec Caldwell

Alec Caldwell has been cautioning renovation contractors of the risks of such a massive tragedy, through his work with CARAHS, for the past two years on this site

September 5, 2014 News

We had no idea that we were required to be CVOR registered…

by Steve Payne

“When I heard of needing log books (for my cube van)… I really sounded like it applied to big rig transport trucks, not a window company doing word-of-mouth in their local, small area…”

August 24, 2014 Voice

From commercial pilot to general contractor: (13) Researching the stone

by Robert Koci

“We found a Canadian manufacturer who combined everything we wanted: individual, man-made stone slices, realistic colours, and very good pricing.”

July 29, 2014 Voice

From commercial pilot to general contractor: (10) Seeking the ‘Trifecta’ of materials purchasing

by Robert Koci

You’ve heard the old joke about buying materials: “Price, Quality and Service – pick ANY TWO!” Rookie homebuilder John Bleasby, in this blog, argues that all THREE ought to be available from the right supplier.