Canadian Contractor


May 13, 2015 News

Mike Draper, Renovantage, on calculating the correct deposit amount

by Steve Payne

Mike Draper, our resident contractor coach, tells you how to figure out a reasonable and fair deposit when you win a new project

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 29, 2015 News

Survey: 75 per cent of homeowners did NOT check online reviews before hiring contractors

by Steve Payne

Only FOUR per cent of the survey respondents say they “always” check contractors’ reviews online

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.

March 25, 2015 News

The right materials for flat and low-sloped roofs

by John Bleasby

Some residential builders are leery of flatter roof profiles common in modern architecture. But flat or low-slope roofing options are well-established in commercial construction – and you can use them too.

March 18, 2015 News

Interview with a HomeStars award-winner: Hanna Taylor, Hotwire Electric

by John Bleasby

Hotwire has just picked up its fifth HomeStars ‘Best Of’ award. We asked Hanna Taylor about the value of online marketing, what makes her electrical firm stand out, and where she sees her future growth coming from.

March 2, 2015 News

CN Rail, DEWALT and Acklands Grainger team up to supply tools to Habitat for Humanity

by Steve Payne

The DEWALT C.O.R.E. program is an exclusive rewards and loyalty program for elite end-users in Canada.

February 26, 2015 News

Service Alberta pursues another allegedly crooked contractor

by Steve Payne

Dedric Robinson. apparently a fly-by-night renovator, is the subject of an investigation by the consumer protection agency in Alberta

February 11, 2015 News

RONA contractor shows 2015. Win a Sprinter!

by Robert Koci

Win a Mercedes Sprinter, meet your peers and get to know your local RONA dealer at a 2015 RONA Contractor Show near you

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 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 17, 2014 Voice

Who would you rather have Christmas dinner with: Jim Caruk or Mike Holmes?

by Alec Caldwell

For some reason Alec Caldwell doesn’t want to contemplate Christmas dinner with Bryan Bauemler. In his mini-poll, it’s a choice between Mike Holmes and Jim Caruk.

December 5, 2014 News

“The HVAC business in Ontario and Canada is being take over by BIG companies”

by Steve Payne

“The big firms have lots of office staff to deal with all the red tape and bureaucracy, which is why they charge $78 a month for 20 years for a furnace that only costs $1,200 at the wholesaler.”

December 3, 2014 News

Job of the Week: Construction Carpenter (Edmonton)

by Steve Payne

If you are a contractor looking for a new opportunity in residential construction or renovations, check out our Canadian Contractor JOBS board on a regular basis.

November 20, 2014 News

Bill C-377: The government forcing a private entity (a union) to make their financial statements public is downright scary.

by Steve Payne

Mike has worked in both the union and non-union side of the electrical business for 25 years. Though he’s a conservative, he hates the proposed Harper government legislation to force unions to publicly disclose their spending.

November 20, 2014 News

Complaints about reno contractors rank 4th behind three other industries in Manitoba

by Steve Payne

Less than 7 per cent of complaints to the Consumer Protection Office, in Manitoba, during the past year were about contractors

November 5, 2014 Voice

Opinion: Could Bill C-377 expose the darker side of union activities?

by Alec Caldwell

Bill C-377 would force unions to publicly disclose their spending, including their executives’ salaries over $100,000. The bill has been called “undemocratic” Alec Caldwell, on behalf of renovation contractors at CARAHS, begs to differ.

October 29, 2014 News

Tony Dean, former head of Ontario Public Service, to "review" College of Trades

by Steve Payne

What will a man who has risen to the highest-pinnacle of government civil-service bureaucracy recommend, re: the Ontario College of Trades? We are guessing a massive expansion of its mandate. And we guess he will keep the North Korea-like dictatorship of its unelected board of directors.