Canadian Contractor


September 12, 2014 News

Last time I checked there was NOT a hammer and sickle on our flag

by Steve Payne

The last of our “bash the MTO” series. That wasn’t our intent, but wow, are some of you seriously angry at the Ontario’s vehicle safety cops.

August 29, 2014 News

(Ministry of Transportation cops) ARE vultures

by Steve Payne

“$1,500 of tickets (from the MTO) one day… and then a month later, another $1,000 in tickets for things they apparently didn’t catch the previous time.”

June 20, 2014 News

Strategies for competing with Fly-By-Nighters

by Steve Payne

Fly-By-Nighters, Trunk Slammers, Cash Guys, The Underground… whatever you call them, they are everywhere these days – trying to outbid you by 30 to 40 per cent. Here are some ways that established, above-board, legitimate contractors are competing with this hidden marketplace.

June 13, 2014 Voice

From commercial pilot to general contractor (3): Half-load restrictions, Half-speed construction

by John Bleasby

Retired pilot John Bleasby gives us his third of a series of blogs about the home he is building north of Toronto. In this blog, he talks about the delays he experienced this spring waiting for building materials to arrive in trucks hampered by half-load restrictions on township roads.

May 28, 2014 News

500 of Canada's best young trades students and apprentices head to Skills Canada National Competition

by Steve Payne

Construction is just one of the six different sectors of the competition. The winners will head to the 43rd World Skills Competition in Sao Paulo, Brazil

January 13, 2014 News

BONE Structure's light steel frame house in Caledon, Ont. "inspired from LEGO and Meccano"

by Steve Payne

There are currently more than 150 Bone Structure homes in Quebec and a few more across the country. The company has big plans to become a household name in the construction industry.

August 13, 2013 Voice

Smokey bear returns and bites again: Part 2

by Alec Caldwell

If you are driving a commercial vehicle or truck, the consequences for having an expired license sticker can be severe. Once the Ministry of Transport inspector gets you pulled over by the side of the road, you are going to get a lesson on all the hundreds of rules and regulations for commercial vehicles, many of which you may not know about. And it can cost you thousands of dollars in fines.

January 16, 2013 News

Home Hardware rolling out its contractor trade shows

by Robert Koci

Home Hardware’s contractor shows are now rolling out across Canada. They offer a chance to see hot new products, watch demos, and network with your fellow construction professionals

November 13, 2012 News

Smokey Bear lies in wait

by Alec Caldwell

The Ministry of Transportation can derail your day with a fine. And they can even derail your livelihood if they impound your vehicle.

March 7, 2012 News

The Big Orange goes Green

by Robert Koci

The Home Depot has partnered with the U.S. Green Building Council to provide a Green Home Products Database.