Canadian Contractor


May 13, 2015 News

How to manage your contracting business using the 3 M’s

by Steve Payne

“Measure, Monitor and Manage.” These are the 3 M’s. They are incredibly useful in analyzing the key performance indicators of a professional renovation business.

April 14, 2015 News

The Top 3 accounting methods and the lies they tell to contractors

by Victoria Downing

Should you run your contracting firm on the Cash Method, the Billings Accrual Method or the Completed Jobs Accrual Method? Take 4 minutes to read this, and you will probably know.

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 10, 2014 News

How one duct cleaning firm markets its ethics and credibility in an often shady industry

by Steve Payne

We haven’t seen this many industry association logos on a single contractor vehicle in our lives. Dave’s Duct Cleaning has gone to extraordinary lengths to stand out from the competition in a crowded industry with some dubious operators.

October 17, 2014 News

There is no such thing as a small electrical mistake

by Steve Payne

The ESA’s “Hazardous Homes” website invites the public to look at how various electrical accidents happened. They get to play detective, and think about how easy it is for a homeowner – or a poorly electrical-code-educated contractor – to set up a potentially fatal piece of mis-wiring.

September 19, 2014 News

I've chosen Titan Wall to supply my entire home in SIP form, importing my own windows and doors from Germany

by Steve Payne

Steve B. says Net Zero homes in Canada suffer from traditional homebuilders either not knowing – or not caring – about the value they could bring to their customers.

September 12, 2014 News

After the North Toronto house collapse – calls for better education of homeowners about the risks

by Steve Payne

Laura Pollard of Bravehart Building, a design/build contractor, is part of a group of Toronto area contractors trying to better educate homeowners about major structural renovations

September 10, 2014 Voice

Alec Caldwell on the Toronto house collapse tragedy

by Alec Caldwell

Alec Caldwell has been cautioning renovation contractors of the risks of such a massive tragedy, through his work with CARAHS, for the past two years on this site

September 10, 2014 Voice

From pilot to contractor: (15) Window and door decisions

by Robert Koci

It seems every building supply store wanted to sell me windows and doors. No wonder!  Windows and exterior doors can be the single most expensive component of a new home. And while raw lumber has become a bit of a

July 31, 2014 News

8 simple things that every renovator needs to be doing

by Steve Payne

“One of the most important lessons I learned early on was from a client who told me, ‘Don’t tell me about the labour pains, just show me the baby.’ “

June 18, 2014 Voice

From commercial pilot to general contractor (4): How I became an ICF 'Block Head'

by John Bleasby

John Bleasby had heard some negatives about using ICFs from hearsay but decided, after more in-depth research, to use them. He has found four serious advantages of using ICFs over poured concrete foundations and outlines them here. He says using ICFs was one of his best decisions.

June 18, 2014 Voice

From commercial pilot to general contractor (4): How I became an ICF ‘Block Head’

by John Bleasby

John Bleasby had heard some negatives about using ICFs from hearsay but decided, after more in-depth research, to use them. He has found four serious advantages of using ICFs over poured concrete foundations and outlines them here. He says using ICFs was one of his best decisions.

February 26, 2014 News

American renovators talk about a boycott of Angie's List

by Steve Payne

Renovation contractors can find it much harder to close a sale once negative reviews of their work appear online. Angie’s List, based in Indianapolis, has angered so many contractors that a boycott is now a possibility.

February 26, 2014 News

Go West Young Man: Alberta and B.C. expected to lead in new construction jobs

by Steve Payne

Alberta and B.C. will create more construction jobs than Ontario will, a new study says. Meanwhile, Ontario is looking for hundreds of millions of dollars in additional WSIB fees from contractors – while slapping them with fees from the new Ontario College of Trades.

February 5, 2014 Voice

The expendables – the life of Ontario construction workers worth a mere pittance

by Alec Caldwell

$125,000 was the total fine levied against a Brampton firm convicted of killing one worker and severely injuring another, when a 26-foot high wall collapsed last October.

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.

September 17, 2013 News

Surety bonds: how to best position your construction company

by Steve Payne

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April 29, 2013 Voice

Contractor U: Bottom line thinking

by Mike Draper

Not making enough money? Then learn to think about the bottom line, not just what you’re billing (top line) on every job you do.