Canadian Contractor


November 16, 2016 BUILDWIRE

Reasons to Renovate: Winter Windows Edition

by JELD-WEN

Winter is coming. For some, this catch phrase may inspire excitement about a certain hit TV series. For homeowners, it means hunkering down and getting their houses prepared for cold winds, low temperatures and the necessity of an efficient heating

May 4, 2015 News

An interview with contractor and home improvement radio show host Frank Cohn

by John Bleasby

“(TV) shows that are truly educational aren’t on the air any more,” Frank says

April 18, 2015 News

‘Fast tracking’ building permits in Surrey, B.C.

by Steve Payne

Normally, the City of Surrey takes 4-6 weeks to process a permit. But if contractors join their Registered Builder program, permits can be issued within 10 days.

February 11, 2015 News

Workplace Safety Comes to Mississauga, Ontario

by Robert Koci

January 28, 2015 – Canada’s largest and longest-running health and safety conference and trade show, Partners in Prevention 2015, returns April 28 and 29, 2015 to The International Centre in Mississauga, Ontario. Partners in Prevention 2015 includes two days of

December 29, 2014 News

Our most-viewed stories of 2014

by Steve Payne

The sudden passing of Craig Lowe, Mike Holmes’ painter, topped our “most viewed stories” list for the past year.

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 20, 2014 News

Why does a doctor who abuses his patients get a lesser punishment than an unlicensed electrician?

by Steve Payne

Obviously the Electrical Safety Authority takes its job more seriously than the College of Physicians and Surgeons does.

October 24, 2014 News

The repeated abuse of the rules by this individual merits his consequences

by Steve Payne

As Richard “Sparky” Hazel, the now famous unlicensed electrician, languishes in jail for a month for operating illegally, creating unsafe conditions, etc., we have to ponder how his punishment measures up against doctors who don’t even usually lose their licenses for sexual assault of their patients

October 14, 2014 Voice

From pilot to contractor: (20) The clarity of hindsight: Design and Budget

by Robert Koci

John Bleasby’s dream home is 99 per cent finished and in this blog he begins his ‘post-mortem’: Looking at what he got right – and what he was challenged by – during this, his rookie build.

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 3, 2014 News

Cry me a river… rogue contractor cry babies!

by Steve Payne

“Cry me a river that you all gotta pay the Ontario College of Trades…” One of our readers thinks only rogue contractors have anything to fear from more bureaucracy and regulation.

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 17, 2014 Voice

What are the Ontario College of Trades (OCOT) inspectors' powers?

by Alec Caldwell

The powers of Ontario College of Trades enforcement officers are strictly limited by the legislation that created the OCOT in the first place. Here, we have reproduced the section of the law that deals with visits by these officers.

September 17, 2014 Voice

What are the Ontario College of Trades (OCOT) inspectors’ powers?

by Alec Caldwell

The powers of Ontario College of Trades enforcement officers are strictly limited by the legislation that created the OCOT in the first place. Here, we have reproduced the section of the law that deals with visits by these officers.

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 1, 2014 Voice

From commercial pilot to general contractor: (14) Keeping a clean worksite

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My house project is now 21 weeks old. During this time, I have had over a dozen different trades on the site, some for a few days, some for a few weeks, others for over a month. Almost without exception,

August 27, 2014 Voice

The difference between a good and a bad quotation

by Mike Draper

“If you are still doing your quotations manually, it’s probably time to get yourself some good quoting software. One of my Renovantage contractors told me that, by using quoting software on a complicated quotation, instead of him taking close to 10 hours, i took him less than 3 hours. And the quotation was far more professional.”

August 20, 2014 Voice

Is you running your business, or is your business running YOU?

by Mike Draper

If your business is running you, it’s going to run you into the ground. Take control of your business with some changes in your mindset. Contractor coach Mike Draper shows you how.