Canadian Contractor

November 30, 2016 BUILDWIRE

Why more and more contractors are building with JELD-WEN


With a wide range of ENERGY STAR certified products, and their recent energy awards and initiatives, JELD-WEN has positioned itself as the forward-thinking window and door manufacturer that contractors seek. JELD-WEN and ENERGY STAR ENERGY STAR is a volunteer program

October 24, 2016 BUILDWIRE

The Art of Sound Reduction


Whether you live in a busy household, have an apartment in a noisy downtown neighbourhood or next to someone who practices bagpipes on their deck, sound reduction means getting the peace and quiet you need to relax in your living

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, among others, to bail Braden out of her renovation nightmare.

November 5, 2014 News

GET a free Milwaukee $200 drill/driver for registering TODAY for tomorrow's RENO-SUMMIT seminar near Toronto airport

by Steve Payne

If you register for the Nov. 7 Toronto Reno-Summit right NOW, for only $129 for the full day of instruction, you will win a FREE Milwaukee Fuel M12 Hex Driver, which is, pound for pound, one of the most beautiful contractor power tools we have ever seen.

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.

June 25, 2013 News

Contractor U: Do you have a vision and a plan?

by Mike Draper

I recommend that renovation contractors have a Three Year Plan. Three years is a good timeframe as it is close enough that it is motivating, yet far enough out that you have time to reach your vision.

June 11, 2013 Voice

Why he gave up on the corporate world, at 27, to become a renovator

by Steve Payne

Marc is a student in the Building Renovation Technology program at George Brown College. His essay on why he wants to build a life and a career in the trades is inspiring: but he also has some words of warning for the industry – we have to do better at recruiting the next generation.

April 25, 2013 News

The case for flat-rate pricing for service and repair work

by Steve Payne

“Until flat rate pricing becomes the industry standard – and realistically that would take a long time to bring about – there are bound to be customers who will ask how much you charge ‘per hour.’ “

January 22, 2013 Voice

Flying back to Saskatoon

by Robert Koci

I love airport living. I have every electronic device you can buy from Apple to stay in touch with work. I am fed if I ask and offered distractions like magazines, snacks and dramatic architecture. Everyone except the people working

August 20, 2012 News

5 common mistakes contractors make

by Steve Payne

by Karen Hamilton 15 years ago, my husband and I bought a vacation home in Haliburton, ON. Built in the 1960s, our cottage stayed in its original form until last fall, when we could finally afford to renovate it. Our

April 30, 2012 News

Benny's a charm, says J.D. Power

by Robert Koci

Paint maker Benjamin Moore satisfies again

April 26, 2012 News

A four letter word for success

by Robert Koci

Industry expert Beverly A. Koehn makes us uncomfortable with the four letter word we’d rather not use when talking about customer service.

February 13, 2012 News

Revolution software

by Robert Koci

BuildTools is about to change the way renovators run their businesses and Dwell Design Build Inc. of Toronto is its first beachhead in Canada.