Canadian Contractor


August 11, 2017 Voice

The Profit Series Part 1: Why Profit?

by Mike Draper

Profit is not a dirty word. You need to understand what it is, what it means and why you need to make lots of it.

May 6, 2015 News

Is WSIB Ontario denying workers deaths?

by Alec Caldwell

Accidental deaths of workers in Ontario remain roughly the same, year after year. Yet the WSIB’s claim payouts on injuries have plummeted, as the WSIB argues it has created a culture of safety. How can the deaths stay the same and the injuries plummet? Simple claims denial, says Sid Ryan.

April 28, 2015 News

Residential construction needs 129,000 new skilled workers over next decade

by Steve Payne

With modest growth in new housing, and with Canadian housing stock ageing, construction jobs will continue to shift to the renovation sector, the report says.

March 11, 2015 News

J.A.B.A. Construction, Saskatoon, in ‘white knight’ renovation rescue

by John Bleasby

Armed with an insurance payout, Janice Braden of Saskatoon hired a local contractor to repair the damage to her home caused by ice dams on her roof. But a so-called contractor took off with her money. It has taken J.A.B.A Construction and TrustedSaskatoon.com, among others, to bail Braden out of her renovation nightmare.

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.

December 30, 2014 Voice

Reducing WSIB rates for self employed contractors in Ontario

by Alec Caldwell

A private members bill that would reduce Ontario WSIB premiums for owners/operators passed first reading earlier this month.

December 16, 2014 News

The Rule of One Third: Are you making a minimum of 33 per cent gross margin?

by Steve Payne

Markup on direct job costs (labour and materials) to reach One Third gross margin (33 per cent) is 50 per cent.

November 27, 2014 News

When I do my quote, I always add 7.5 per cent extra for the "work permit" (WSIB)

by Steve Payne

“In my case I do flooring and I have to pay $7.50 to WSIB for each $100 I make.”

November 27, 2014 News

WSIB denies OFL claim that it paid safety rebates to firms convicted of safety violations

by Steve Payne

The WSIB, accused of paying safety rebates – totalling in the millions – to safety violating firms, has defended itself in this press release

November 19, 2014 Voice

Opinion: Part 2 – Guilty – IBEW Union CLOSED Lorne's Electric

by Alec Caldwell

Union interference took down Lorne’s Electric and its owner, Eric Glahs. So who cares? Does IBEW care? Tell us what you think.

November 19, 2014 Voice

Opinion: Part 2 – Guilty – IBEW Union CLOSED Lorne’s Electric

by Alec Caldwell

Union interference took down Lorne’s Electric and its owner, Eric Glahs. So who cares? Does IBEW care? Tell us what you think.

October 24, 2014 News

I hire people, pay my taxes, collect HST, and yet I am treated like a criminal

by Steve Payne

“My business is legal, I have over 25 years of experience in the Painting and Decorating business. I am not a weekend or part time contractor who works for cash only.”

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 24, 2014 Voice

MTO: Contractor tried and convicted without a hearing!

by Alec Caldwell

Alec Caldwell reports on a contractor who charged by an MTO cop for his truck having a “Toll Device Improperly Fixed.” The contractor says he had no real opportunity to dispute the charge, living almost 50 miles from the courthouse where he was tried and convicted in absentia. One hundred and ten bucks more into the Ontario government coffers.

September 19, 2014 News

How shallow an actual home inspection really is

by Steve Payne

“I have found the inspections to be somewhat cursory in nature and, unless you are totally blind, for the most part a waste of money.”

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…”

September 3, 2014 Voice

Ontario WSIB: Time to heat up their phone lines at their 'Fair Practices Commission'

by Alec Caldwell

The WSIB has a fair practices commission. Their president and CEO, I. David Marshall, is just a few months away from completing his 5-year term, with a $400,000 bonus very likely awaiting him on the way out. Are you, as a contractor, feeling fairly treated?

September 3, 2014 Voice

Ontario WSIB: Time to heat up their phone lines at their ‘Fair Practices Commission’

by Alec Caldwell

The WSIB has a fair practices commission. Their president and CEO, I. David Marshall, is just a few months away from completing his 5-year term, with a $400,000 bonus very likely awaiting him on the way out. Are you, as a contractor, feeling fairly treated?