Canadian Contractor


April 18, 2015 News

How do your mark-ups compare to our Salary Survey averages?

by Steve Payne

For jobs below $10,000, 67 per cent of contractors apply at least a 1.3 mark up, with some as high as 1.8. Compare your own mark ups with our handy chart.

June 18, 2014 News

Top young Ontario carpenters compete

by Steve Payne

Ontario’s top building apprentices showcased their skills at the 28th Annual Carpenters Union Provincial Apprenticehship Contest, June 11-13 in London, ON

September 24, 2013 News

A worksite supervisor melts down!

by Alec Caldwell

“Get off my site! GET OFF MY SITE!!” The super cranks up the volume. He’s in rabid dog attack mode. Why? Because he’s already had a jobsite accident at one of his sites and the Ministry of Labour enquiry is no fun at all.

December 3, 2012 Product

Real world options for streamlining drywall work

by Robert Koci

Boarding, mudding, taping, skimming… sweating, cursing, groaning. Whatever you call it, it’s tough work. Is there any way to make drywall installation less of a grind? Well, yes. Here are few ways to hang that stuff faster.

September 4, 2012 News

Five ways to increase your referral business

by Steve Payne

By Karen Hamilton As a renovator, getting business from referrals is critical. 65 per cent of new business comes from referrals. People are four times more likely to buy when referred by a friend. 90 per cent of small businesses

April 11, 2012 News

March Starts from StatsCan

by Robert Koci

The seasonally adjusted annual rate of housing starts was 215,600 units in March

March 8, 2012 News

Starts break 200,000 in February

by Robert Koci

The seasonally adjusted annual rate of housing starts was 201,100 units in February, according to Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC). This is up from 198,100 units in January.

February 27, 2012 News

What does this woman have to say about your reno business?

by Robert Koci

She says you have to match your brand to your core values or your company is going nowhere