Canadian Contractor


May 13, 2015 News

CIBC poll has some good news and bad news for contractors

by Steve Payne

More Canadians say they will do some reno work on their homes this year (42 per cent) than last year (40 per cent). But budgets are down almost $3,000 compare with last year.

February 5, 2015 News

Ontario WSIB’s $400,000-a-year CEO David Marshall gets another two years at the trough

by Steve Payne

Marshall acknowledges that he won’t win any popularity contests. Certainly not among the estimated 80,000 owner-operator contractors who were previously exempt from WSIB, but who got roped into paying into it as part of a plan that earned Marshall a $400,000 bonus.

January 27, 2015 News

What should Simon do? Your answers

by Robert Koci

We asked you, in our Nov/Dec issue, to tell us what YOU would do if your best employee pulled a fast one by switching a door – for the best of all possible reasons.

December 3, 2014 Voice

Placing my first lien – and getting sued in return for $250,000

by Robert Koci

Canadian Contractor’s Rob Koci looks back on his framing career and cringes at the memory of the first time he ever placed a lien. It didn’t go very well.

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.

July 30, 2014 Voice

Construction trench fatality in Toronto: there are NO “accidents”

by Alec Caldwell

“These deaths always stem from human error, be it lack of training, pushing too fast and taking shortcuts, lack of equipment, or poor supervision.”

July 30, 2014 Voice

Construction trench fatality in Toronto: there are NO "accidents"

by Alec Caldwell

“These deaths always stem from human error, be it lack of training, pushing too fast and taking shortcuts, lack of equipment, or poor supervision.”

June 27, 2014 Voice

From commercial pilot to general contractor: (5) Mistakes will be made

by John Bleasby

“My professional background in aviation doesn’t like mistakes. But in my new career, in construction, ‘reduction’ in mistakes is a more realistic objective than elimination of them.”

December 6, 2013 News

Why do we pay more for our own lumber than the country to our south when it is OUR Canadian product we are buying?

by Steve Payne

“(And) why do we have Metro Licensing when there is no mandate or process of certifying whether the company or individual is worth licensing in the first place?”

February 27, 2012 News

What does this woman have to say about your reno business?

by Robert Koci

She says you have to match your brand to your core values or your company is going nowhere