Canadian Contractor

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.

April 18, 2015 News

Building trades union to build $1.2 million monument to construction workers in Ottawa

by Steve Payne

A monument to remember workers killed or injured on the job, a great idea. Comments from the union organization heading up the project that their members build pretty well everything in the country, not so great.

April 15, 2015 News

Canadian resale house prices up 4.7 per cent in past year

by Steve Payne

This national resale price increase is driven by red hot markets in Toronto and Vancouver – and held in check by slumping markets in Ottawa-Gatineau and Winnipeg.

April 1, 2015 News

Initial costs versus lifetime costs for alternate roofing materials

by John Bleasby

Most contractors understand the basic cost differences for asphalt shingles versus steel. But let’s look at the economics of some other popular roofing materials.

March 27, 2015 News

Three years of job losses for Alberta construction firms: forecast

by Steve Payne

Alberta construction employment is predicted to drop by 15 per cent or more over the next three years

January 7, 2015 News

Toronto contractor who stiffed his trades, customers is subject of public protest

by Steve Payne

Adam Gardin, owner of GarCon Building Group, told the Toronto Star that he is “extremely remorseful” about his firm’s pending bankruptcy. A subtrade and an employee interviewed by Canadian Contractor were not buying any of it.

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 10, 2014 Video

Have saw blades ever been more high-tech?

by Steve Payne

Freud says that this circ saw blade is the “Most technologically advanced general purpose saw blade on the market.”

December 2, 2014 News

BuildForce Canada website points young people to the right construction career

by Steve Payne

One in 14 Canadians work in construction in some capacity. But a quarter of our industry’s workforce is expected to retire in the next decade. That will open up 250,000 new jobs in the building trades.

November 26, 2014 News

Price of average new ground-related house in GTA approaches $700k

by Steve Payne

Toronto’s land development and homebuilder organization, BILD, says that “ground related homes” (detached, semi-detached and town houses) have hit record high prices because of constrained land supply, an outdated planning approvals process and increased government fees.

November 5, 2014 News

Got a bad review on HomeStars? Read this interview with their CEO on what NOT to do about it

by Steve Payne

HomeStars won’t help you out with getting bad reviews taken down, simply because you advertise with them.

October 8, 2014 Voice

From pilot to contractor: (19) Confessions from an ‘Owner/General Contractor’

by Robert Koci

Editor’s Note: John Bleasby has been blogging about his ‘rookie’ experience building his family’s new home, north of Orillia, ON, for almost six months. Now, he has moved into his beautiful new home. We’d like to thank John for his journalistic

October 7, 2014 Voice

The renovation boom in Canada: the best is yet to come

by Alec Caldwell

Residential renovations and repairs have more than doubled, dollar-wise, since the late 1990s. And the boom is continuing, fuelled by an ageing population.

September 26, 2014 News

Quasi home inspectors that are poorly trained and educated…

by Steve Payne

“When I started doing home inspections in 1992, there were only 14 home inspection companies in the Vancouver area. Fast forward to 2014 and there are over 500.”

September 22, 2014 Voice

From pilot to contractor: (17) Four reasons why I used bamboo flooring

by John Bleasby

Bamboo looks great, is hard as nails, provides unmatched value… and is eco-friendly. However, you want to watch out for manufacturers who use urea formaldehyde as the gluing compound.

September 19, 2014 News

BuildForce Canada acknowledges National Tradesmen Day

by Steve Payne

This fall, BuildForce Canada is launching its redesigned Careers in Construction website at to provide more youth and parent-friendly information about more than 50 different construction trades and occupations.

September 5, 2014 News

Why are Japanese diesel pickup trucks not readily available in the Canadian auto market?

by Steve Payne

“They should fine the (domestic) auto makers for poorly-built vehicles, and the (Ministry of Transport) regulators for unreasonable standards…”

August 29, 2014 News

A few points about Magboard (from Ben Polley, alternative builder)

by Steve Payne

Ben Polley is one of the most experienced “alternative” and sustainable and eco-conscious builders in Canada. He has test-driven magnesium oxide board and here are his thoughts about it.