Are these guys for real? Politicians tap dancing as fast as they can on stupid decisionsby canadiancontractor
Casey Edge of the Victoria Residential Builders Association digs up three quotes from politicians that make us wonder about their sanity
Wish you’d chosen a 9-5 job? Lessons from Anthony Bourdain’s apprenticeship bestsellerby Steve Payne
Why should a contractor read the very first book of a famous TV chef? Because this legendarily hard-living man had a contractor’s soul
Scam where “customer” needs renovations on a home they do not own is commonby canadiancontractor
They need electrical work done on a house they are buying but haven’t got the money to close the deal, is one version of the scam
An old pro has some valuable advice for frustrated youths trying to break into the tradesby canadiancontractor
“Try to get a position as anything in an institution or factory. A mine, steel mill, refinery, hospital, school board or prison are all good places to look. Good luck.”
“It’s inconceivable that the IBEW have so much power to screw people over…”by canadiancontractor
“(IBEW) lied to and cheated both myself and the employees who wanted nothing to do with the union,” says this electrical contractor
This insulation contractor is sorry to see the end of GreenOn rebatesby canadiancontractor
“This program was good for the honest contractor and the client,” says Joel Starkman
Ontario’s screwed up apprenticeship ratios: Is IBEW “a closed shop catering to sons or daughters of members?”by canadiancontractor
Sean Gander details just how far his son went trying to break into the electrical field. He says the IBEW treated his son unfairly. Does this sound like a fair system to you?
Contracting and telling “white lies” to clientsby Steve Maxwell
Steve Maxwell writes about why ANY white lies in the contracting business are going to come back to hurt you.
Ontario elects Doug Ford premier: Tell Jill Dunlop, MPP, to push for the abolition of the Ontario College of Trades!by canadiancontractor
Will new Ontario MPP Jill Dunlop continue the work of her MPP plumber father, Garfield, in calling for OCOT’s bureaucrats to be sent packing?
Memo to Ontario Premier-Elect Doug Ford: The Ontario College of Trades is “extortion and nothing less!”by canadiancontractor
Four years ago, the Ontario PC party was all about abolishing the Ontario College of Trades. Not much has been heard about that from Doug Ford.
Skilled trades shortage? What skilled trades shortage?by canadiancontractor
Alex went to school to get qualified as an electrical contractor but work has been hard to find…
Contractor reaction to the Ontario election result (2)by canadiancontractor
It’s a good thing the Liberals are out, says Questo. “They created an apparatus of tax collection on the trades.”
Contractor reaction to the Ontario election results (1)by canadiancontractor
One contractor’s view on Premier Doug Ford: “Not good for social stability.”
New generation of residential trades doesn’t want to do the grunt work, he arguesby canadiancontractor
Tim Wills finds it hard to located good young people with which to share his 17 years of residential construction knowledge
Electrical contractor can’t hire the staff he needs because of Ontario’s apprenticeship ratiosby canadiancontractor
“We sometimes decide not to bid on jobs because we can’t get enough people to do the work,” says Dale McDonald, who blames the ratios system.
On the brink of an Ontario election, here’s one contractor’s take on construction unions (and it’s not pretty)by canadiancontractor
“The worst part is, they flat out lie to us. And offer to pay employees to testify against their employer.”
Here’s something we haven’t yet published: Praise for Ontario’s GreenOn program!by canadiancontractor
“I look forward to anything that elevates the committed tradesman from the not-so-committed tradesman.”
Net Zero is easier once we ditch wood frame construction, he arguesby canadiancontractor
“Our (home building) methods and materials have taken us back as far as the 1900s – and nobody has noticed…”