Canadian Contractor


November 27, 2012 News

Contractor says Ontario College of Trades the last straw: "Guess I'll… get out of business."

by Steve Payne

“I’m fed up,” contractor says.

November 13, 2012 Voice

Margin versus Markup: One more time on this critical lesson

by Mike Draper

If you don’t understand the difference between Markup and Margin, you have almost no chance of making good money as a renovation contractor.

November 6, 2012 Voice

Three in the bed

by Alec Caldwell

As a self-employed renovation contractor, you might enjoy your independence, as you should. But you’re still “three in the bed.” You’re in there with the WSIB (in Ontario, or its equivalent in other provinces) and your provinces Ministry of Labour.

October 22, 2012 News

How to get ahead of the competition with YouTube

by Steve Payne

Two-thirds of all customers are “visual learners.” That means, to entice prospects into hiring you to do renovations for them, you need to excite them with images, not words. An online video on YouTube can do this for you brilliantly.

October 22, 2012 Voice

Gross versus net profit

by Mike Draper

If you don’t understand the difference between these two types of profit, you are not heading in the right direction

September 14, 2012 News

Canadian house prices dropped 2 per cent in past year: Scotiabank

by Steve Payne

Ottawa’s mortgage rule changes in July, including a reduction in the maximum amortization period from 30 years to 25 years, are expected to “further moderate” prices in the fall

September 4, 2012 News

Who's responsible when a flood occurs on the job?

by Steve Payne

The chances are, you are: the general contractor. Which is why liability insurance, and using licensed plumbers and electricians, is key to avoiding expensive mishaps.

July 23, 2012 Voice

Opinion: A failure of regulation? Or just a fail.

by Robert Koci

When bad things happen, get it fixed and move on

July 9, 2012 Voice

Opinion: Unions destroy jobs

by Robert Koci

It’s time to push back on unions and the political parties that protect them

June 22, 2012 Voice

Disability Plans Part 3: What is best for you

by Robert Koci

Over a past few weeks we spotlighted Accident and Accident and Sickness Plans and this week is our final article on the subject.

June 18, 2012 Voice

Disability plans Part 2: Accident-Only Plans

by Alec Caldwell

They are cheap, but look out for restrictions and limitations

June 11, 2012 Voice

Got a plan?

by Alec Caldwell

Disability insurance can save your business, but you need the right plan. Over the next weeks, we’ll explain what you need to know.

May 29, 2012 Voice

Everything was going fine, until…

by Alec Caldwell

Everything was going fine until….. Until…. you felt a lump behind your left knee and found out later it was cancer and you’re only 46? Until…… you experienced sudden chest pains and discovered later you were in the middle of

May 16, 2012 News

Cape-able Contractors

by Robert Koci

Should contractors have a license?

May 8, 2012 Voice

To Systemize or Not To Systemize

by Mike Draper

With all the articles lately on systemizing your business, you might be feeling like all the creativity of building is being removed.  In fact, it should be more fun.  You should be able focus more on creating and building your ideas than worrying

April 23, 2012 News

Will getting three quotes find the bad banana?

by Alec Caldwell

I constantly hear “Get a minimum of three quotes from contractors.”

April 4, 2012 News

WSIB responds

by Robert Koci

As promised, we approached the Ontario Workers Safety and Insurance Board (WSIB) with the questions our readers asked as he was being audited. (See “Another contractor enters WSIB hell”) Here are the responses we were given. (comments and questions from

March 30, 2012 Voice

Ontario WSIB truth

by Robert Koci

In Ontario, you don’t have to be WSIB covered if…