Canadian Contractor


November 20, 2014 News

The difference between union-minded workers versus employers

by Steve Payne

“Unions no longer serve the members they so adamantly say they are trying to protect.”

October 24, 2014 News

We have crappy tapers, good tapers and excellent tapers. There is no license that I know of that will made a shoddy taper better.

by Steve Payne

Sean Keane, Keyon Drywall, famously suing the WSIB for millions, writes an angry post about how contractors are likely to be treated by the Kathleen Wynne’s government – and their WSIB and OCOT cronies – in the majority years ahead

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.

July 31, 2014 Video

Goodbye Holmes Referred, hello Baeumler Approved

by Steve Payne

There are 300 contractors and other firms associated with the Baeumler Approved contractor referral program, Bryan Baeumler’s folks tell us

July 23, 2014 Voice

Trying to make your Ontario WSIB payments by cutting your private insurance? A bad idea – and here's why…

by Alec Caldwell

Ontario WSIB can be extremely expensive. But abandoning your own, private, individual sickness and disability insurance – just to help pay for hour WSIB – is going to absolutely kill you financially if you get cancer or another critical illness

July 23, 2014 Voice

Trying to make your Ontario WSIB payments by cutting your private insurance? A bad idea – and here’s why…

by Alec Caldwell

Ontario WSIB can be extremely expensive. But abandoning your own, private, individual sickness and disability insurance – just to help pay for hour WSIB – is going to absolutely kill you financially if you get cancer or another critical illness

July 13, 2014 Voice

From commercial pilot to general contractor: (8) More hoops and hurdles

by Robert Koci

Fourteen weeks into his family’s new home build, John Bleasby has passed through about five inspections. They’ve actually ben “pleasant experiences” for the veteran, retired commercial pilot and rookie GC.

May 15, 2014 Voice

Where are the jobs for born-in-Ontario Canadians?

by Alec Caldwell

I realize regeneration is what it’s all about, but surely everyone deserves a share in the wealth, especially if you were born and bred in the town or city you live in!

May 12, 2014 News

London, Ont. family construction firm gets a scare from the WSIB on dividends

by Steve Payne

Bonnie Hardy expressed relief that her London, Ont. firm’s dividends paid to her family would not, finally, be liable for WSIB premiums – after being warned by an auditor that they would be

March 28, 2014 Video

(VIDEO) Rob and Steve talk about the average Canadian contractor's salary, plus the Ontario College of Trades

by Robert Koci

$69,550 is the median income of the Canadian Contractor readers who filled out our 6th Annual OutRank Salary Survey.

February 21, 2014 News

I'm currently in a battle with (Quebec's) CSST over autonomous vs hourly labour… The investigator's quota is set. This in other circles would be called exortion.

by Steve Payne

Sean Keane, suing Ontario’s WSIB for $6-million for an allegedly punitive audit that cost him his firm, will have noted that a Quebec-based firm has successfully sued Quebec’s tax authorities for a similar amount for their own “abusive” audit.

February 5, 2014 News

Virginia court case involving online defamation of contractor yields split decision

by Steve Payne

The court ruled in favour of both the contractor, Christopher Dietz, and the homeowner, Jane Perez. Each was found to have defamed the character of the other. Contractors hoping to get negative online reviews judged legally liable, by an American court of law, will be disappointed.

January 22, 2014 Voice

Spend two minutes reading this and avoid hefty Ontario WSIB fines for non-compliance!

by Alec Caldwell

Alec Caldwell has summarized Ontario’s new WSIB rules in an article that you can read in 120 seconds. It might save you tens of thousands of dollars in fines for non-compliance. READ THIS NOW if you don’t yet understand WSIB’s new powers.

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 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 6, 2013 News

This bill (extending Ontario WSIB to up to 90,000 formerly exempt contractors) needs to be repealed post haste

by Steve Payne

“The law and the politicians who have written it are parasites…”

November 29, 2013 News

"I'm a Red Seal carpenter and I'm not permitted to wire a house… Why is it OK for an electrician to build a house?"

by Steve Payne

I’m not saying they don’t have the skill (to frame a house) but it sure seems like a lopsided situation.