Canadian Contractor


July 2, 2013 Voice

Should the Ontario Building Code be modified to allow six storey wooden buildings?

by Alec Caldwell

The association representing concrete and masonry producers says, not surprisingly, NO.

May 22, 2013 News

Builders urge Ontario government to allow six-storey woodframe structures

by Steve Payne

Currently, builders in Ontario are not permitted to build wooden structures higher than four storeys. But when B.C. increased the height limit to six storeys in 2009, it created jobs in the industry and provided more affordable options for new homebuyers, Ontario builder and developer groups argue.

March 5, 2013 News

Apprenticeship ratios making the trades shortage worse

by Steve Payne

The organized sector is making the trades shortage much worse than it should be. And qualified applicants, who want to work, can’t get jobs.

February 26, 2013 Voice

What’s really behind No Trespassing signs?

by Alec Caldwell

No Trespassing signs can be legitimate attempts to keep members of the public from hurting themselves in places they don’t belong. Most contractors use them this way. But shady contractors can use them to keep a jobsite private from prying eyes who might see, and report, gross safety violations.

January 22, 2013 Voice

Firefighters in construction

by Alec Caldwell

It seems that more and more firefighters are moonlighting in the renovation contracting business. What if reno contractors were to moonlight as firefighters?

January 5, 2013 Voice

Renovators in Canada: Happy New Year!!

by Robert Koci

There is no good reason to start a new year in January but there are a few very good ones to do it in July. The weather, for one, would make New Year’s celebrations easier to walk or drive to,

June 25, 2012 News

Ontario Grants Fund Residential Rehab Assistance Renovations

by Robert Koci

Here’s where the money is…

May 14, 2012 News

A pocketful of natural gas

by Robert Koci

Calling before you dig doesn’t cover everything

March 30, 2012 Product

Install once and you will hate all others

by Robert Koci

The best method of heat supply on the planet

March 5, 2012 Product

Hanging Fire

by Robert Koci

If a picture on your customer’s wall is worth 1,000 words, what’s a fire worth?

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